Why you should be excited
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.
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
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh-eating.
Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).