Why you should be excited

Yates is an apple of the U.S. south that's known for being small, flavourful and a great keeper.

The story of Yates

Here's an apple you might skip right on by at first glance. Not because Yates is ugly, but simply because it's so small.

People tend to favour big apples, even if they don't have enough appetite to down a huge one in a single sitting. But as you may have heard, good things sometimes come in small packages.

That's certainly the case with this variety, which originated in Georgia and has been a regional favourite for well over a century. Popular in alcoholic cider, it's got excellent flavour and the highly appreciated ability to stay good as new for month after month in winter storage.

Yates is another apple that appears to be unknown in our part of the world and we're thrilled to have the chance to graft it, grow it and -- hopefully before long -- taste it for ourselves.

Yates Facts

Its origins

Raised from a seed in Fayette County, Georgia, USA, around 1844.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The white flesh is tender, juicy, aromatic and subacid.


The skin of this small apple is covered with flush and stripes of dark red.

When they’re available

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh-eating and cider.

Keeping ability

Very good (4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).