Why you should be excited

Rubinette is a delicious Swiss apple that packs a lot of flavour into a relatively small package.

The story of Rubinette

If you’re shopping for groceries in Switzerland at some point one fall, keep your eyes peeled for the Rafzubin apple, a variety originating in that country that’s grown commercially there.

In the rest of the world, it’s known as Rubinette.

This variety came on the scene in the 1960s after a seedling of Golden Delicious and – it’s thought – Cox’s Orange Pippin proved to have something special to offer; the apples were pretty and delicious, too.

The first tree grew in the town of Rafz, hence the Swiss version of the name, and its flavour-driven success has since spread internationally to a modest extent.

As a result, Rubinette is now grown in small quantities in the United Kingdom.

Rubinette Facts

Its origins

Raised from a seed in Rafz, Switzerand; 1966 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The nearly yellow flesh delivers a rich combination of sugar, acid and intense, honeyed flavour.


This small apple is handsome, with red blush over a yellow background skin colour.

When they’re available

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability

So-so (1 or 2 months when kept refrigerated).