Kidd's Orange Red

Why you should be excited

Kidd’s Orange Red is a very nice New Zealand apple that combines the best from its two famous parents.

The story of Kidd's Orange Red

Apple breeders have found that combining two famous parents doesn’t always result in offspring that work well. Kidd’s Orange Red offers evidence to the contrary, as this combination of the great U.K. Cox’s Orange Pippin and the classic U.S. Red Delicious is highly successful.

You get the complexity of Cox Pippin matched with the sweetness of Delicious, the two nicely balanced in the pretty Kidd’s Orange Red package.

In fact, you’ve got to wonder why Kidd’s Orange Red isn’t more widely grown, as those who try it tend to appreciate this apple’s good looks, excellent flavour and pleasant texture. And it grows well, too. A winner all ‘round.

Kidd's Orange Red Facts

Its origins

Bred in Greytown, Wairarapa, New Zealand; 1924 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Firm and juicy. Strongly aromatic. A rich balance of sugar and acidity.


A pinky-crimson flush with some darker red stripes over a pale gold background. Sometimes with russet. Rounded shape, sometimes lumpy.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

It may not be a famous cider apple, but Kidd's Orange Red has performed well in cider blends.

Keeping ability

Good (up to 3 months when kept refrigerated).