Why you should be excited

Primate was a favourite in American home orchards during the 19th century. It's still remembered fondly.

The story of Primate

There was a time when North Americans paid a good deal of attention to the arrival of new apple varieties on the market, mainly because they wanted to stay on top of the best varieties to grow for home use.

In that sort of world, Primate fared well in New York State, where its nicely balanced flavour -- both sweet and tart playing prominent roles -- won it a lot of fans.

As an early ripening apple, it appealed to those who wanted something tasty that was ripe at the start of September, to tide them over until the great winter apples started ripening -- well into October.

Primate appeals to those who like the almost wine-like flavour of some apples -- such as McIntosh.

Primate Facts

Its origins

Raised from seed in Camillus, New York, USA, about 1840.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The soft and juicy white flesh has a sweet flavour, nicely balanced by a good jolt of tartness.


A classic greenish-yellow skinned apple, often with some russeting.

When they’re available

Early season (usually in early September).

Quality for fresh eating


Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability

So-so (slightly more than 1 month when kept refrigerated).