Kandil Sinap

Why you should be excited

Kandil Sinap is perhaps the most distinctive-looking of all apples. Tall and skinny to the extreme.

The story of Kandil Sinap

While it’s often described as being from Turkey, Kandil Sinap may actually have originated across the Black Sea in Crimea, Ukraine. Either way, it’s an exotic beginning for an apple variety that looks like no other.

Photos of the tall, cylindrical Kandil Sinap almost look like they’ve been altered, but there’s no need to do any digital shenanigans with the picture. This apple really is a tall, skinny cylinder.

I’s also a tasty apple indeed, despite the fact that some people tend to limit its use to decorative purposes.

You may want to get your hands on two in order to save one to show off while you enjoy munching the other example of how apple varieties originate all over this world.

Kandil Sinap Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Crimea, Ukraine, early 1800s.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Juicy and crisp, this little apple is sweet, with plenty of refreshing acidity.


Tall and slender, this is one of the most distinctive-looking of all apples. Just imagine an otherwise average-looking apple on an extreme diet.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking


Quality for cider

Not particularly known for its use in cider.

Keeping ability

Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).