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Almata apple

Most apples have white or nearly-white flesh, but a small number of varieties have pink or even deep red flesh.  The gene for red-fleshed apples seems to have come from a crab apple, and many of these varieties have crab-apple characteristics, including relatively poor flavour.  Almata is an exception, in that the flavour is reasonably good (although certainly not outstanding). 

The apples are small, round-conical, about two inches in diameter. The stalk is of medium length, fairly thick, in a shallow cavity, projecting beyond the base. The skin is wholly red and smooth, with a greyish bloom. The flesh is deep pink, soft, and tender; the juice is sweet and tart. The eye is closed and there is little or no cavity. The appearance is very similar to Scarlet Surprise (also American) and Huonville Crab (Australian). There are apples in most years, though there is a slight tendency to be biennial.

This apple is more acidic than typical dessert varieties, having an intense sharp brisk flavour. It keeps in good condition for about a week. After this time it is sweeter and less acidic. The flesh texture is not as crisp as Scarlet Surprise. In sunny years when fully ripe it can be sweet on the day of picking.

The tree is slender and partial tip-bearing. The blossom is wholly red, new leaves are bronze-coloured, and the wood is pigmented red. The flowering period is early; about 14 days earlier than Bramley. It is an effective pollinator. The tree grows quite vigorously and there is no susceptibility to woolly aphis or mildew.  

We are grateful to Nigel Deacon, an English apple enthusiast with a particular interest in red-fleshed apple varieties, for samples and background of this apple variety.  There are details of many more red-fleshed apples on his website and he can supply / exchange seeds and scionwood - see Diversity website.

Description by: .    Last updated 12 Jan 2014.

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15 Aug 2015 
I have three apple trees. They only produce everyother year.they are a red apple when fully ripe with a yellowish white center.good for applesauce,jelly,juice,pie ect. All I have been told is that they are a winter apple. They kinda look like the Almata to me but not sure.these trees are over 100 years old.I put out a free apple sign and people come from all over to pick them.. It seems like they have a blast.and so do the deer.

03 Aug 2012 
I have two of these, they ripen in late July / early August. I find the taste rather remarkable, its tart, makes great pies, dried apples, etc. I get a decent crop every year, not something I can say for all the other varieties I gro.

09 Jan 2012 
i have the same, issue as Helpplz form the united kingdom. the fruits on my tree are more of an oval shape. Also is this an apple tree, or a crabapple tree

13 Aug 2011 
i have a small apple tree in my garden which resembles the almata apple but i,m not sure it is. i,ve searched the web and the almata resembles it 'most only difference is my apples are more oval, can you help

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A red-fleshed apple variety.

Almata phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: (Beautiful Arcade x Fluke 38) x Redflesh cross
  • Originates from: South Dakota, United States
  • Developed by: Niels Hansen
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1566


  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Flesh colour: Pale Pink or Red


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: 1 week


  • Flowering period: Early season
  • Flowering group: 1
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Gardening skill: Some skill needed
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Average


  • Scab  - Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight  - Some susceptibility

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Almata identification photos from website visitors


Almata - flesh colour
Almata - flesh colour

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  • Ann in Manturovo, KOSTROMA OBLAST

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