Why you should be excited

Suntan is a tasty English fresh-eating apple combining characteristics of Cox’s Orange Pippin and Court Pendu Plat.

The story of Suntan

Highly thought-of for its flavour, which will particularly appeal to those who like a fair whack of sharpness combine with rich apple flavours, Suntan certainly has its detractors.

The principle argument against this variety is that it’s not ideal for organic growing, given its susceptibility to powdery mildew when it’s grown in dry regions and susceptibility to canker when it’s grown in damper areas. A conundrum, to be sure.

But those who really enjoy intensely-flavoured apples that pack a nice acid punch and are better after some time in storage might want to persevere and try growing it anyway.

Like its fussy parent, Cox’s Orange Pippin, some folks say it’s most definitely worth the extra effort.

Suntan Facts

Its origins

Bred in Kent, England, 1956.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Robustly aromatic, rich, sweet, with pineapple-like acidity.


Medium-sized with orange-red and red stripes over a gold background skin colour. Has patches of russet.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh-eating.

Keeping ability

Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).