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Blue Pearmain apple

Last updated 16 May 2015.

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Current rating: 4.3 out of 5. Total votes cast: 10

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06 Nov 2018 
I've crossed this heirloom apple at an orchard store this fall, so I decided to buy a 5 lbs bag. These are huge apples with a very dense flesh. Very filling, not the kind of apple to wake a hunger. I find this apple has a nice pear taste with just enough acidity to taste it properly. Not a juicy apple, but quite moist. The last ones I have feel rubbery when I press them. Good apple but only a "3" note.

22 Oct 2016 
I have just grafted 5 blue pearmain trees for my orchard in Maine

15 Oct 2016 
complex flavor, dense yellowish flesh, aromatic, sweet, a heavy producer. Very large apples with a purplish/blue blush.

09 Oct 2016 
40 years ago I moved house. There was one old apple tree in the garden, that had been grafted with 2 different varieties (a 'family tree' I think the Victorians called them). One was not very interesting - a Codlin I think. The other, after many years of trying to identify, I decided was a Blue Pearmain. It was large, with a wonderful taste, and it kept well. Looked like the photos here. Since moving, I've had a lot of trouble finding another - finally planted a young tree 2 years ago. It hasn't fruited yet ... in anticipation!

16 Oct 2015 
I just found an abandoned Blue Pearmain tree at the beginning of my road in an old field. I have been driving by it now for 29 years and never noticed the red apples on it. I stopped and collected a few. I crunched into one and thought: "This is a really nice apple. I wonder what it is?" It was sweet and crunchy then came a zing of tartness. It had a conical shape similar to a Red Delicious but way beyond the flavor of a red delicious ( a misnomer if there ever was one). There used to be a lot of orchards here in central Massachusetts and I have found other abandoned tress also. I am taking it upon myself to prune this tree. I will also take scions and even try to graft a new tree for my orchard. It is a very striking looking apple. It is a deep red-purple with yellow specks and smells great. The tree must be very disease tolerant as it is healthy and has not one whit of care for the last 29 years and probably longer than that. I am very excited about finding this heirloom tree.

24 May 2015 
"Are those apples really blue?" people would ask when first seeing my Blue Pearmain tree. Of course, the only answer is "yes". Beyond that, Blue Pearmain is a sweet apple with aromatic overtones, little acid, very fine-grained flesh, a little crunch but no snap, and overall, a wonderful apple to eat out of hand. This small tree is healthy on dwarfing rootstock, not demanding, and regularly productive, though not a heavy producer. This should be the ideal backyard tree on a good dwarfing rootstock.

11 Mar 2014 
This apple has a complex flavor that would be unforgettable if it weren't so amazingly mind-blowing.

12 Oct 2011 
great for sauce and juice and just to eat.

16 Sep 2011 
The waxy skin yields an ivory, medium textured, juicy flesh with a sweet and acid balance and a tartness that lingers. The apple makes a fine cider and keeps well in cold storage.

01 Jan 2010 
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An heirloom American apple variety, commonly found in New York state. Named for the blue-colored bloom.

Blue Pearmain phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 19th century
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1236
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1957-210


  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Very large
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit size: Variable
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong-conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Symmetrical
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform in shape, Variable in size
  • Bultitude apple group: 6. Red flushed, smooth, sweet
  • Russet % coverage: Medium
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Bloom qualities: Bluish color
  • Bloom qualities: Thick White when fully ripe
  • Bloom qualities: Thin White
  • Basin russet: Concentric lines of russet
  • Basin russet: Gray to Brown Russet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Flavour style: Dry / Nutty
  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

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Blue Pearmain identification photos from official fruit collections

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Blue Pearmain identification photos from website visitors

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2017 season

  • 16th October  2017  - tree owned by Neville in Tea Tree Gully, Australia

2016 season

  • 2nd November  2016  - tree owned by Neville in Tea Tree Gully, Australia

2013 season

  • 21st April  2013  - tree owned by Barbara in Seattle, United States

2012 season

  • 21st April  2012  - tree owned by Barbara in Seattle, United States

2011 season

  • 26th April  2011  - tree owned by Barbara in Seattle, United States

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      • 2nd week October  2013  - tree owned by Alison in Albion, United States

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