Why you should be excited
Peck's Pleasant is a bright red-skinned fresh eating apple that needs time in storage to develop excellent flavour.
The story of Peck's Pleasant
We often hear that there's nothing better than a fresh-picked apple consumed within minutes of coming off the tree.
With many apples, this is true, as even some otherwise so-so varieties are pretty darn satisfying at the moment of harvest.
And then there are late season apples like Peck's Pleasant, an old U.S. variety that's far better two or three months after harvest -- assuming it's been stored carefully -- as it needs time to mellow and develop the savoury flavour that makes this apple something special.
And this is a good thing, as it means you can save your Peck's Pleasant apples until other varieties are long-gone and enjoy them into the New Year.
Peck's Pleasant Facts
Uncertain origins, but likely discovered in Rhode Island, USA; recorded in 1832.
Flavour, aroma, texture
After two or three months in storage, this apple develops a rich, savoury taste.
An appealingly bright red apple.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in mid-October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Works well in a cider blend.
Very good (4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).