Adams' Pearmain

Why you should be excited

Adams' Pearmain is an excellent 19th century English apple with a nutty flavour and good keeping qualities.

The story of Adams' Pearmain

Adams' Pearmain is another great apple variety that you’ll never find in a grocery store, yet it’s far too wonderful to ignore.

Also known as Norfolk Pippin, this pretty apple was one of Victorian England’s favourites, exhibiting a distinctive ‘nutty’ aroma and flavour.

If your apples have got to be gushing with juice, then this relatively dry apple is not for you. But there's a lot more to a good quality apple than juiciness. Adams' Pearmain tastes great, keeps well and is naturally resistant to the diseases that plague apple trees in our dampish climate.

So we’re big fans and we encourage you to give this delicious classic heritage apple a try.

Adams' Pearmain Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Norfolk, England; 1826 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Firm, coarse, fairly dry, pear-like flesh. Sweet and aromatic with a rich nuttiness and good balance of acidity.


A pretty apple with a classic 'pearmain' conical shape, medium size and autumnal red flush on a green background with some russet.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating


Quality for cooking


Quality for cider

Not widely used in cider.

Keeping ability

Very good (4 to 5 months when kept refrigerated).