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Apricot Apple

Why you should be excited

Apricot Apple is a very nice late-ripening apple that can handle cold winters. Nice. Despite its gimmicky name.

The story of Apricot Apple

Few things perplex people who are shopping for apples more than the suggestion that a particular variety tastes like an entirely different type of fruit. If you've read many of our variety descriptions, you'll know this is a pet peeve of mine.

Whether it’s melon or peach, strawberry, banana or apricot, folks become confused when you tell them the apple they’re looking at actually tastes like one of those fruits.

And check out the looks on their faces after they try a, say Winter Banana or Irish Peach, and can’t find even a hint of that other fruit in the taste.

Apricot Apple is another of these varieties.

And rather than guarantee what flavour you’ll sense when you bite into it, we’d like to suggest that you try this nice, crisp, late-ripening apple without expectation that it will taste like an apricot. Enjoy it purely on its own merits.

Apricot Apple Facts

Its origins

Discovered near West Salem, Oregon, USA, in the 1980s.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Cream-coloured flesh that's fairly coarse, firm and crisp. Reputedly has a flavour reminiscent of - you guessed it - apricots.

Appearance

A medium-sized apple with red colouring flushed with orange.

When they’re available

Very late season (usually in late October or early November).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Not particularly known for use in cider.

Keeping ability

Good (around 2 months when kept refrigerated).