Why you should be excited
Orin is a classic Japanese apple: sweet, aromatic and fruity in flavour, with barely a hint of tartness.
The story of Orin
A sweet apple, like virtually every significant variety that’s been bred in Japan, Orin’s flavour –- according to some –- includes a hint of pineapple. Others say they sense a taste of pear.
We’re pretty sure most of us will notice neither.
Regardless, you’ll find it sweet and fragrant and you’ll like it if you’re into sweet apples that are almost absent of tartness. It’s also a good-sized yellow apple that’s subtle and fragrant.
And it’s gained a modest foothold as an organic commercial apple in British Columbia.
Bred in Aomori, Japan, 1952 introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
A sweet, juicy, honeyed flavour and aromatic with low acid and a pale, yellow flesh.
Fairly large, oblong in shape, with yellow skin, sometimes blushed red-orange and with prominent white spots (lenticels) over the skin.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in mid-October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Not particualrly known for use in cider.
So-so (up to 2 months when kept refrigerated).