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Priam

Why you should be excited

Priam is a red-skinned fall apple that’s pleasantly tart, attractive, resistant to disease and keeps well.

The story of Priam

Truly an international apple, Priam was bred in Indiana, USA, tested in England and has achieved its greatest success in France.

One of the first apples produced by the cooperative of Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois Universities, it’s scab resistant, but the prettiness of this apple and its tart flavour are what led to its 1970s release as a new apple variety.

While some say Priam has been surpassed in quality by more recently-released disease-resistant varieties, this remains an excellent apple for organic production and well worth trying.

Priam Facts

Its origins

Bred in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, 1974 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Firm, crisp, fine-grained and tart.

Appearance

Bright red over a green-yellow background skin colour. Medium-sized.

When they’re available

Late mid-season (usually early October).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Used mainly for fresh eating.

Keeping ability

Very good (3 months or more when kept cold).