Erwin Bauer

Why you should be excited

Erwin Bauer is a tasty fresh-eating apple that’s big where it was first raised: eastern Germany.

The story of Erwin Bauer

Here’s another apple that was slow to appear on the international scene due to its origins in one of the nations vanquished in the Second World War.

While most such examples are Japanese, Erwin Bauer is German.

It’s a tasty fresh eating apple that was first raised in 1928, but that didn’t get its name and introduction to the world scene until 1955.

And a whole lot happened in Germany between 1928 and 1955, as anyone who knows 20th century history is well aware.

Still popular in Germany, Erwin Bauer is a tasty apple with attractively dark colouring that catches the eye.

Some even say its tartness is reminiscent of pineapple.

Erwin Bauer Facts

Its origins

Raised from a seed in Muncheberg-Mark, Germany; named in 1955.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Crisp and juicy, with a nice brisk flavour and pineapple-like acidity.


The deep yellow background is partly covered by reddish-brown flush and striping.

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, although its acidity and good flavour could be an intriguing addition to cider blends.

Keeping ability

Good (3 months or even longer when kept refrigerated).