Why you should be excited

Grindstone is an English apple - also known as American Pippin - that's best known for use in cider.

The story of Grindstone

There aren’t many English apples considered multi-purpose. Unlike in North America, where it was common for people to use almost every apple for fresh eating, cooking and cider, English apples have tended to be more focused, used for one of those things but not the other two.

Enter Grindstone, also known (we’re not sure why) as American Pippin. Best known for its use in cider, this one is almost as well suited to being a cooker and is a passable fresh-eating apple in a pinch.

There are few references to this apple that we can find, but we’re happy to add it to our collection, for cider and other things, too.

Grindstone Facts

Its origins

Discovered in England; 1872 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Firm and juicy, with a mild flavour.


Medium-sized green-yellow apple with red stripes.

When they’re available

Early season (usually in August).

Quality for fresh eating

Mostly used for cider and cooking.

Quality for cooking


Quality for cider


Keeping ability

Excellent (up to 6 months when kept refrigerated).