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Pitmaston Pine Apple apple


Pitmaston Pineapple is an old English russet apple from the West Midlands area.  It was originally raised as a seedling of Golden Pippin in the late 18th century, but presented to the London Horticultural Society in 1845 by Mr Williams of Pitmaston near Worcester.  It crops heavily but has a tendency to biennial bearing - fruiting only every other year.

Its most notable feature is the unusual and prominent pineapple-like flavour.  The flavour of apples can be most simply defined on a scale from very acidic to very sweet, but many varieties exhibit other flavour overtones on top of this basic axis, and Pitmaston Pineapple is the best example of a small group of apples where a musky pineapple-like flavour comes to the fore.



Pitmaston Pine Apple identification photos from official fruit collections

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Visitor reviews

  • 20 Nov 2015  Rod Graham,  LANARKSHIRE, United Kingdom
    The yellow fruit flavours in this variety do indeed resemble pineapple. It has very good texture too - not mealy at all.
  • 18 Oct 2014  John Sheldon,  United Kingdom
    the best flavoured of my 20 dessert vars. pity about the size
  • 11 Oct 2010  Bobthomlinson,  DERBYSHIRE, United Kingdom
    This is a lovely-eating and reliable little apple in my experience, on two different sites and soils and over several seasons in the Derbyshire Peak District. It is also very beautiful: on M27, at least, its habit seems naturally elegant and well proportioned, while the glowing gold of the fruit against the dark green foliage can lift the greyest afternoon.
  • 09 Aug 2010  P. Dando,  CORNWALL, United Kingdom
    Given regular pruning, biennial bearing is not a problem with this variety. I do not remember having a year without a reasonable crop after growing it In Devon and N. Wales for over 20 years.

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Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 6th May  2018  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom
  • 27th April  2018  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2017 season

  • 8th May  2017  - tree owned by Hugh in Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
  • 3rd April  2017  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2016 season

  • 16th May  2016  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 2nd May  2014  - tree owned by Michael in Halifax, United Kingdom
  • 31st April  2014  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom
  • April  2014  - tree owned by Karen in Leeds, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 15th May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom
  • 11th May  2013  - tree owned by Chris in Oxford, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • April  2011  - tree owned by Roy in North Shields, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2018 season

  • 1st week October  2018  - tree owned by Ann in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 2nd week September  2018  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2016 season

  • 1st week October  2016  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 3rd week September  2014  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 3rd week October  2012  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • November  2011  - tree owned by Roy in North Shields, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • 3rd week October  2009  - tree owned by Clare in Bodorgan, United Kingdom
  • 3rd week September  2009  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Seedling of Golden Pippin
  • Originates from: Worcester, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 19th century
  • Developed by: Mr Williams
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1561
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1955-024
  • Some historical details taken with kind permission from 'The New Book of Apples' by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards , illustrated by Elisabeth Dowle, published by Ebury Press, 2002.

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Gold
  • Bultitude apple group: 8. Russeted, sweet

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Pineapple
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months
  • Vitamin C content: Low

Growing

  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • General disease resistance: Good

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

Parents and other ancestors of this variety


Diseases

  • Scab  - Very resistant


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References

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor


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