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.
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
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
So-so (1 or 2 months when kept refrigerated).