|Coordinates: 51°54′56″N 5°50′16″E / 51.91556°N 5.83778°E|
The Elstar apple is an apple cultivar that was first developed in the Netherlands in Elst in the 1950s by crossing Golden Delicious and Ingrid Marie apples. It quickly became popular, especially in Europe and was first introduced to America in 1972. It remains popular in Continental Europe, but less so in the United Kingdom.
The Elstar is a medium-sized apple whose skin is mostly red with yellow showing. The flesh is white, and has a soft, crispy texture. It may be used for cooking and is especially good for making apple sauce. In general, however, it is used in desserts due to its sweet flavour. H. J. Heinz Company's sauce factory for the European market is located south of the town centre.
Elst is home to three high schools: Het Westeraam, Lyceum and Over Betuwe College Elst (OBC Elst).
There are several sports clubs in Elst, including:
- BCE (badminton)
- Spero (Football)
- Elistha (Football)
- ETV (tennis)
- EZ & PC (swimming)
- Gaviiformes (scuba diving)
- Gemini (Volleyball)
- HCOB (field hockey)
- Unlimited (basketball)
- Budo vereniging (martial arts)
People born in Elst
- Frits Kuipers (1899–1943), footballer
- Pierre Kartner (born 1935), singer and composer
- Paul Kuypers (1939–1971), agricultural scientist
- Jeffrey Leiwakabessy (born 1981), footballer
- Jasper Rennspies (1930-1950), footballer
- Peter Tijssen (born 1944 (Elden)), virology professor (University of Quebec), recipient highest award for foreign experts in China
- Henk "Henkie" Leeuwis (born 1946), singer
- Peter J. Williamson (born 1823), architect (Vanderbilt University), American Civil War adjutant to General William T. Sherman
- Jan Zwartkruis (1925-2013), footballer
- J. Kuyper, Gemeente Atlas van Nederland, 1865-1870, "Elst". Map of the former municipality, around 1868.