Why you should be excited

Kim is a modern Swedish apple with excellent characteristics both for fresh eating and cooking.

The story of Kim

Kim -- a 1940s bred and 1970s introduced Swedish apple -- is not named after a person but rather spelled from the initials of its parents: Cortland (Kortland to Swedes) and Ingrid Marie.

It's one of those apple varieties that really does draw on the best attributes of its respected parents.

The result is a delicious apple that's crisp and juicy, working well for fresh eating while breaking down into a very nice puree when cooked. It's also a variety with better disease resistance than either parent.

Commercially successful in its homeland, Kim is an apple that might very well win over fans internationally, if they only give it a chance.

We're sure looking forward to trying it.

Kim Facts

Its origins

Bred in Balsgard, Sweden, 1946; late 1970s introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Crisp, very juicy and strawberry-flavoured, with an excellent balance of sweetness and acidity.


A large apple with a maroon-coloured flush.

When they’re available

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Very good.

Quality for cider

Not particualrly known for use in cider.

Keeping ability

Very good (4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).