Dunn's Seedling

Why you should be excited

Dunn's Seedling is a nicely-flavoured fresh eating apple once widely-grown in the southern hemisphere.

The story of Dunn's Seedling

The unfortunate commercial imperative facing would-be major apple varieties includes a requirement that they be ‘highly coloured.’ Which means super-bright, super-red and super-eye catching.

A pretty, but more subtle-looking, apple like Dunn’s Seedling may fail this taste, even with its excellent fresh flavour.

While we don’t much mind what industrial agriculture does, it’s crazy that an apple like this may not be available to people who love it, simply because of its low-key appearance. Same goes for varieties that are modestly-sized or – horrors! – inconsistently sized. 

Luckily, we’re not bound by the same rules as the mass marketers.

Dunn's Seedling Facts

Its origins

Raised from a seed in Melbourne, Australia, 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Sweet, with an engaging fresh taste.


A pretty greenish-red apple with a flush of light red mottling.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Not particualrly known for its use in cider.

Keeping ability

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