Why you should be excited

Pinova is a pretty apple from Germany with a distinctive floral flavour and lots of desirable qualities.

The story of Pinova

Also known as Pinata, Sonata and Corail, Pinova is an apple that engenders strong opinions.

Some are put off by its floral aroma and distinctive apple flavour. Others adore it, pointing to its parentage (Golden Delicious on one side and Clivia, child of Cox’s Orange Pippin and Duchess of Oldenburg on the other) and claiming that it’s got both the sweetness of Golden Delicious and the complexity of Cox Pippin.

It’s a fine apple in every other way, attractive, productive and long-lasting in storage, so we suggest you try this German-bred apple and judge for yourself.

Pinova Facts

Its origins

Bred at Dresden-Pillnitz, Germany, 1986 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Highly aromatic, crisp and possessing an excellent sweet/tart balance and hints of tropical flavours.


A medium-sized apple that's a pretty yellow skin colour mostly covered with a pink and orange flush.

When they’re available

Late mid-season (usually early October).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Not particularly known for use in cider.

Keeping ability

Good (3 months or more when kept refrigerated).