Hollow Log

Why you should be excited

Hollow Log is what you might guess: an apple first found growing by a hollow log. From North Carolina.

The story of Hollow Log

As you might expect, Lee Calhoun's fine book Old Southern Apples does not make frequent mention of Canada.

Very much focused on the apples of the U.S. south, Calhoun does mention our country a few times, including when he writes about Hollow Log. This is because he's perplexed that this North Carolina variety somehow was simultaneously grown in the U.S. south and in Canada.

Perhaps Mr. Calhoun thinks the Great White North couldn't possibly ripen such an apple.

In any event, Hollow Log was -- back in the 1920s -- viewed as a most excellent apple variety, producing outstanding fruit for fresh eating as well as baking.

Hollow Log Facts

Its origins

Discovered as a chance seedling in Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA, in the early 20th century or before.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Tender, crisp and juicy with an aromatic, spicy flavour.


This large apple is deep yellow in colour.

When they’re available

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating


Quality for cooking


Quality for cider

Not particularly known as a cider apple, but North American heritage varieties were almost all used extensively in cider.

Keeping ability

We'll let you know when we find out.