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Akane apple

Akane is useful early season apple with an unusually good balance of sweet and sharp flavors.  The flesh is firm rather than crisp, but with plenty of juice.

Akane was developed in Japan in the 1930s, and represents an unusual marriage of the classic English early variety, Worcester Pearmain, and the high quality American heritage apple variety, Jonathan - and it is a marriage that works very successfully.

It is better known in the USA than the UK, despite the fact that it has a very "English" flavour.

Last updated 14 Oct 2013.

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Current rating: 4.2 out of 5. Total votes cast: 30

Visitor comments

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28 May 2016 
this is my favourite apple! It is quite disease resistant, has a red/russet skin and white flesh. medium sweet (13 Brix) with good acid. It is quite juicy.

07 Sep 2015 
Good variety for western Washington, fairly scab resistant, (comment on apple maggot is true) good for fresh eating and for use in baking etc. Haven't tried for cider, but will be shortly.

29 Aug 2015 
Lovely flavor!

17 Aug 2015 
Very good early apple. Red striped skin, white flesh. Medium size. Best for fresh eating, and giving to your friends. Does NOT keep well. The Willamette Valley has been hot this summer, and my Akane is ripe now in mid-August.

14 Mar 2015 
I got a grafted semidwarf of this variety last year at this time (March 2014). It was a stick when first grafted onto the rootstock, but over the year it grew like a ROCKET. It is now around 5'6" tall and I am going to plant it: amazingly vigorous. I know I will have to wait a few years to get apples off of it, but it looks very promising.

13 Mar 2015 
I like it because it's scab resistant, mid september, snapping sweet-tart, -reminds me of Jonathan, bright red, white fleshed keeps alright but takes on an off-flavor from the fridge that few apples do. It's other drawback is that it's a magnet to Apple Maggot, as is Elstar.

22 Feb 2015 
Bought this apple in the organic part of Queen Victoria market in Melbourne. The apples were quite small, with a distinct, but not overly strong, taste. Good sour/sweet balance.

14 Sep 2013 
We live in an 1860's vintage farmhouse with a pair of 30 ft tall apple trees in the front yard. I believe one is an Akane. The apples ripen in late July to early August. When picked from the tree they are some of the best apples I have eaten. Let them sit for 2 days and they have a grainy consistency and lose some flavor. I was going to use them for cider and waited for them to fall as the tree is quite tall. Bad choice as the apples rot on the tree! If anyone can confirm this is an Akane, please let me know.

28 Feb 2013 
Bought a bag of these the other day. Wasn't impressed with the first one, but they've slowly grown on me. Has anyone ever made cider with these? Coz that's what they taste like :D

17 Jan 2013 
These are available only for a short period at french villiage markets. My favourite apple, crisp, sweet with lots of juice when you get fresh ones and with a beautiful apple perfume when you bite into it.

22 Dec 2011 
Excellent flavour and crispness, but not too dense - my current favorite. Its also well suited to our temperate coastal climate. I've dealt with some mildew but considering the damp climate it does well here. Highly recommended.

31 Oct 2011 
I have an Akane tree that I planted 25 years ago. It is scab resistant, grows well in our warm coastal climate. As an added bonus, although the apples do not keep for more than a week or so after being picked, they will stay ripe on the tree for more than six weeks. making it relatively easy to eat them fresh for an extended period. An amazing apple for eating, drying, and applesauce.

18 Aug 2011 
I have a semi-dwarf akane and love it. No disease problems to speak of, and the flavor is exceptional- my favorite of all apples.

14 Jul 2011 
I am trying to locate an apple from grandparent's pasture that looks much like this. It's a rather large apple that makes the best applesauce that has a pink color to it! It always gave it's apples to us in early September and I've been looking forever for whatever it might be. Any help? It was great for eating or sauce. Hoping the antique apple may be close to what I'm trying to find. Thank you for any help and/or ideas.

16 Aug 2010 
We are just eating our way through a half a peck of these purchased at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market in Ann Arbor, MI. They are exceptionally good tasting.

31 May 2010 
I am looking for warm climate varities of apples. Does any know how many chill hours are required for this variety? Flavor? Storage life? Month it ripes for harvest?

30 Apr 2010 
they have these in the Warehouse now, look OK, what do they pollinate with?

01 Jan 2010 
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One of the best early-season apples, better known in the USA than Europe, but would appeal to European tastes too.

Akane phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Jonathan x Worcester Pearmain
  • Originates from: Japan
  • Introduced: 1937
  • Developed by: Morioka Experimental Station
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1216
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1972-006


  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Flesh colour: White
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit shape: Short-round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Symmetrical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Tapering toward calyx end or apex
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Russet % coverage: Medium
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Basin russet: Concentric lines of russet
  • Basin russet: Gray to Brown Russet
  • Basin russet: Ochre or Green Russet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Drying
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Strawberry / raspberry
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Harvest period: Early-Mid season
  • Use / keeping: 1 week


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949


  • Climate suitability: Warm climates
  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters
  • Chilling: Low-chill


  • Scab  - Some resistance
  • Mildew  - Some resistance
  • Fireblight  - Some resistance
  • Cedar apple rust  - Some resistance

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

Offspring of this variety:

See also:

  • Mutsu - Akane and Mutsu were both developed at the Aomori Apple Research Station in Japan

Akane identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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UK National Fruit Collection

Akane identification photos from website visitors

Photo submitted by Cris Sherman
Photo submitted by Cris Sherman


Fruit tree register

Do you have a tree of this variety in your garden or orchard? If so please register the details here and contribute to our international register of fruit trees.

The following Akane trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

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United States


  • Sylveno in Le Frayssé, TARN



New Zealand

Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2015 season

  • 16th April  2015  - tree owned by Agnes in Snohomish, United States
  • 12th April  2015  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

2014 season

  • 27th May  2014  - tree owned by Torebuch in Keene, Canada

2012 season

  • 11th May  2012  - tree owned by Will in Powell River, Canada
  • 9th May  2012  - tree owned by James in Estacada, United States
  • 25th April  2012  - tree owned by Steve in Ferndale, United States

2010 season

  • 20th April  2010  - tree owned by Bren in New Virginia, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2015 season

  • 1st week September  2015  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

2014 season

  • 1st week September  2014  - tree owned by Agnes in Snohomish, United States
  • January  2014  - tree owned by Mark in Perth, Australia

2012 season

  • 1st week October  2012  - tree owned by Nate in Whidbey Island, United States
  • 3rd week September  2012  - tree owned by Kim in Shoreline, United States
  • 2nd week September  2012  - tree owned by Steve in Ferndale, United States
  • September  2012  - tree owned by James in Estacada, United States

2010 season

  • 1st week October  2010  - tree owned by Nate in Whidbey Island, United States

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