Why you should be excited

Opalescent is an old classic U.S. apple that’s large, crunchy and reminiscent of a simpler time.

The story of Opalescent

It’s the price of vanity.

George Hudson was perhaps a touch self-aggrandizing when he named this fine apple, one that he had found by chance while clearing property. The name he selected: Hudson’s Pride of Michigan.

Unfortunately for Mr. Hudson, the folks at Dayton Star Nursery were marketing-savvy – even in the 1880s – so they changed the name to something less clunky and more concisely evocative: Opalescent.

So here it is, a fine old U.S. apple for fresh eating, with thanks to Mr. Hudson for finding it and our regrets (sort of) for the jettisoning of his surname.

Opalescent Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Barry County, Michigan, USA, in the 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Crunchy, with dense flesh that's flavourful but not very juicy. It's got a nice sweet-tart balance and interesting fruity and floral notes.


A large, hearty apple with red blush covering much of its yellowish-green background. Sometimes has spots of russet.

When they’re available

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating


Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Opalescent's fine flavour and hint of astringency suit it well to use in cider.

Keeping ability

So-so (about 1 month when kept refrigerated).