Tydeman's Late Orange

Why you should be excited

Tydeman's Late Orange packs a flavour wallop soon after harvest and remains nice as it mellows in storage.

The story of Tydeman's Late Orange

H.M. Tydeman played a key role in United Kingdom apple breeding during the first half of the 20th century. His name will continue to be recognizable in the future because of the excellent apple varieties he developed that carry his name.

The best known of these are Tydeman's Early Worcester and Tydeman's Late Orange, the latter a deep red, almost purple, fresh-eating apple revered by many for its excellent, strong flavour.

The delicious flavour is likely inherited from one of its parents: Cox's Orange Pippin, which is similarly -- if more subtly -- flavoured.

The other parent -- Laxton's Superb -- contributes its sweetness and relatively sturdy disposition.

Tydeman's Late Orange Facts

Its origins

Bred in Kent, England; introduced in 1949.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The yellowish flesh is intensely rich, aromatic and sharp, especially in the first eight weeks after harvest. becomes subtler with time in storage.


This medium to small-sized apple has dark red stripes and a purplish flush over a yellow-green background skin colour.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability

Excellent (5 to 6 months when kept refrigerated).