Why you should be excited
Priscilla was the second disease-resistant apple variety introduced by a co-op of three U.S. universities.
The story of Priscilla
University apple-breeding programs may seem like unromantic starting points for a variety, but they sure can produce results.
A relatively early example of this was Priscilla, a disease-resistant apple variety first planted in 1962 and introduced to the rest of the world a decade later. Its resistance to apple scab, powdery mildew and fireblight matters most to growers; its good flavour and pleasing crispness matter more to the rest of the world.
Like its fellow Purdue/Rutgers/Illinois brethren -- just look for names that begin with p-r-i -- Priscilla was a welcome addition to the world of apples. Even if it has never become particularly famous.
Bred in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; 1972 introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Medium-grained, crisp, coarse, mildly subacid, with a pleasant flavour.
Medium-sized. The yellow background skin colour is at least two-thirds covered by a red blush.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in late September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Good (3 months when kept refrigerated).