Why you should be excited

Akero is a Swedish heritage variety of favourable repute that delivers excellent flavour in an early apple.

The story of Akero

It wasn’t just humans that experienced great hardship during Europe’s winters of 1939 through 1942.

While people were massacring each other during the Second World War, Europe also experienced winters of terrible harshness, which made the period even bleaker and also killed off plenty of perennial plants, including apple trees.

Luckily for people in Sweden, most Akero apple trees survived the carnage while others died, giving folks one more reason to love this fine apple. They already knew it had excellent flavour and delivered a most welcome introduction to the apple season.

Delicious and attractive, Akero’s only real failing is that - like almost all early-ripening apples - it doesn’t keep for long.

Akero Facts

Its origins

Uncertain. Either was a seedling raised in 1759 near Stockholm, Sweden, or was an import from Holland at about the same time.

Flavour, aroma, texture

This juicy fresh-eating apple has a refreshing, savoury tang and a delicious flavour. Truly outstanding among early apples.


A pretty apple, it's got a pink flush and deep red stripes.

When they’re available

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Not widely known for use in cider.

Keeping ability

Minimal (a maximum of a few weeks when kept refrigerated).