Pomme Gris

Why you should be excited

Pomme Gris isn’t actually gray in colour. But it is russeted, which pretty much guarantees good flavour.

The story of Pomme Gris

The references aren’t even clear as to what continent Pomme Gris originated on – either North America or Europe. 

Nor when it appeared on the scene – in the 1830s or perhaps as much as a half century earlier – but we can be sure that this is a typically tasty russet apple, with a rough skin that some admire and others think unsightly.

Those accustomed to shiny red grocery store apples might have trouble with the idea of a dull-coloured, scratchy-coated fruit like Pomme Gris, but we suggest you give it a try.

One taste of a perfectly ripe one may inspire a new admiration for russet apples, all of which are well known for their good flavour.

Pomme Gris Facts

Its origins

Uncertain. Some say it was discovered in Quebec, Canada, around 1830, while others say it originated in France around 1790.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The tender, creamy yellow flesh has rich flavour typical of russets. Expect hints of pear and subtle nuttiness. Some also taste vanilla.


A small, yellow-green-skinned apple mostly covered with brownish russet.

When they’re available

Very late season (usually in early November).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Should excel. We look forward to including Pomme Gris in our cider blends.

Keeping ability

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).