Why you should be excited
Gloria Mundi is a super-huge heritage cooking apple and a clear choice for lovers of… super huge apples.
The story of Gloria Mundi
What apple could possibly live up to a name that translates to ‘glory of the world’?
Perhaps one so large that its other early names included Ox Apple, American Mammoth and Monstrous Pippin.
Gloria Mundi – which may have originated in Germany or alternatively the United States – can be ridiculously big: in 1860, one weighed in at an amazing three and a half pounds. Now that’s a substantial apple.
Mainly used for cooking, where it turns into a sweet, dark gold puree, Gloria Mundi is perhaps not the best flavoured apple of all time, but it’s sweet and it sure can fill a pie. Not to mention impress folks who admire truly massive fruit.
Gloria Mundi Facts
Discovered in Germany or the USA; first recorded in the USA in 1804.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Fairly dry and coarse-textured. When cooked, it is moderately tart, but mostly sweet, with some distinctive apple flavour.
A huge apple, it's irregularly shaped, heavily ribbed and bright green in colour, often with some russeting.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in early October).
Quality for fresh eating
Mainly used for cooking.
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
Some people consider it a useful cider apple, although it's really more of a cooker. It would add some useful acid to a cider blend.
Very good (about 4 months when kept refrigerated).