Pepin Shafrannyi

Why you should be excited

Pepin Shafrannyi is a gorgeous apple from Russia that looks and tastes good during its brief season.

The story of Pepin Shafrannyi

If you think this apple looks so pretty you'd like to keep a few in storage for a while after their late summer harvest, we'd suggest that you resist the temptation to keep some around.

That's because Pepin Shafrannyi tastes as good as it looks, but only for a few weeks after harvest each year. This, of course, should not be a problem, as plenty of other delicious varieties are available later in the season.

But you might be hard-pressed to find one more appealing -- to your eye and your taste buds -- during the those few weeks in late August and September when Pepin Shafrannyi (which means 'saffron pippin') is at its best.

Pepin Shafrannyi Facts

Its origins

Raised from seed in Michurinsk, Russia, 1907.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The firm, crisp and juicy flesh has a refreshing flavour and also contains plenty of vitamin C.


This pretty apple has an eye-catching strawberry-red flush.

When they’re available

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating


Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Not particularly known for use in cider.

Keeping ability

Limited (a few weeks when kept refrigerated).