Roter Eiserapfel

Why you should be excited

Roter Eiserapfel is a German apple that had won considerable favour throughout Europe by the 19th century.

The story of Roter Eiserapfel

Apple aficionados often tend to favour powerfully flavoured apples over those more subtle. Many don't hesitate to choose a strong-tasting apple that's homely over a pretty apple that's mildly flavoured.

So it's no surprise that Roter Eiserapfel, an old German variety, gets perhaps a bit less credit than it deserves.

After all, its mild flavour -- while quite pleasant -- will not inspire poetry and its pretty appearance might cause some to dismiss it as a vacuous beauty queen, even if such low esteem is really not deserved.

Granted, there's a fine line between subtle and flavourless, but most of those in the know agree that describing the flavour of Roter Eiserapfel as 'modest' is not at all the same as calling it 'bland.'

And it sure is an attractive apple...

Roter Eiserapfel Facts

Its origins

Started from a seed in Germany, early 1700s.

Flavour, aroma, texture

This firm-fleshed apple is sweet, slightly scented and mildly flavoured.


A beautiful apple with a pinkish-red flush over a pale yellow background skin colour.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating


Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability

Very good (about 5 months when kept refrigerated).