Why you should be excited

Swaar is on old U.S. winter apple with very nice flavour and a Dutch name that means ‘heavy,’ man.

The story of Swaar

Those of you who paid attention in history class – and studied U.S. history at some point – will recall that the Europeans who first colonized what later became New York were the Dutch.

That explains the name of Swaar, an apple that originated in New York State and is named for its denseness. Swaar means ‘heavy’ in Dutch, you see.

Back in the day (the early 19th century, we mean), this was a popular apple in the U.S. northeast. Today, it’s virtually forgotten, but its desirable qualities, which include firm flesh and rich flavour, are appreciated as much today as in the past.

So here’s an excellent example of an apple that inspires us to turn back the clock and taste for ourselves.

Swaar Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Esopus, New York, USA; first recorded in 1804.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The firm, cream-coloured flesh is rich and aromatic. Some say it has a nutty flavour and most agree it improves with time in storage.


A medium to large yellow-green-skinned apple partly covered with 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

Good (about 2 months when kept refrigerated).