Tolman Sweet

Why you should be excited

Tolman Sweet is an old U.S. apple known for -- surprise! -- its sweetness. Revered by many, it’s a real throwback.

The story of Tolman Sweet

You know an apple’s popular when people talk about it being particularly good for baking, cider, drying, pickling and… fresh eating, too.

Is there anything Tolman Sweet can’t do well?

As a matter of fact, yes. It has little acid. And it’s not juicy. And some say it bruises too easily. So it isn’t perfect.

Still, though, if you’re the slightest bit interested in apple nostalgia, this is a great example of the type of apple that was prized in the 19th century.

It was the sweet flavour of Tolman Sweet that won over several generations and made this a ‘must have’ backyard apple tree back in the day.

If you love sweet apples or like getting swept up in nostalgia, you might just want to give it a try.

Tolman Sweet Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA; introduced in 1822.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The firm, dryish flesh is pure white and decidedly sweet.


This medium to large-sized yellow-green apple sometimes has a red blush and some russeting. A suture line often runs from top to bottom.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating


Quality for cooking

Very good. Also good for cider, drying, even pickling.

Keeping ability

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