Why you should be excited
Arlet is a modern Swiss-bred fresh-eating apple that’s as pretty as it is tasty.
The story of Arlet
You may know it as Swiss Gourmet, or – if you come from Europe – perhaps Hugo Red.
More likely, you don’t know it at all, as Arlet’s moment in the sun as a commercial variety was brief and limited to plantings in the Swiss-German border area.
The limited plantings are a pity, as this is a particularly pretty apple that nicely splits the difference between the appearance of one parent (Golden Delicious) and the other (Idared).
The combination has created a yellow apple that’s beautifully flushed with a rose-pink colour and nicely crisp and juicy, with a honeyed sweetness and delightful aroma.
Sounds good to us.
You won’t find Arlet grown in big commercial orchards, but you can still enjoy it.
Bred in Wadenswil, Switzerland; 1960s introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Crisp, juicy, quite honeyed and lightly perfumed.
This pretty apple features an attractive rose-pink flush.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in early October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Not particularly known for use in cider.
Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).