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Crimson CrispTM apple

Last updated 16 May 2015.

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Current rating: 3.9 out of 5. Total votes cast: 33

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24 Oct 2018 
I discovered Crimson Crisps two years ago while on a trip to Upstate New York. I fell in love with this apple, and it's my new favorite! We returned to NY earlier this month and I was able to buy more. They're a wonderful eating apple, and they keep extremely well. I live in Michigan and have recently learned a few orchards near me are starting to grow this variety, so I am hoping I'll start seeing them offered locally in the next couple years.

10 Oct 2017 
Outstanding firm crisp texture and rich tart flavour. Doesn't quite have the complexity of a top-notch cox orange pippin but certainly one of the best available commercially grown apple varieties.

28 Sep 2017 
Update--I won't be buying this one again because the grower has priced it at $70 per bushel, with all other "normal" apple varieties priced at the regular $30 per bushel. Definitely NOT worth more than twice the price of any other apple, as it is a very small fruit (when you're peeling for pies it's a pain) and while the flavor was good, it's still not as good as Melrose or Winesap and it didn't keep as well.

21 Sep 2017 
Crunchy, juicy, flavor is complex sweet plus tart with somewhat metallic aftertaste. Great in pie but on the small side (more peeling and coring work).

07 Oct 2016 
Bought these for the first time several weeks ago. They are fantastic.

16 Sep 2016 
'Tis apple season! I purchased this lovely red apple from the Prospect Hill stand at the Friday Union Square Farmer's Market. I found it diamond hard and tart as a sour pucker.

10 Oct 2015 
I love this apple! It has such a complex, rich flavor and is very, very crisp. Beats Honey Crisp hands down.

29 Sep 2015 
Met this apple last year and it was love at first bite. For years I've preferred Honey Crisp (like everybody by now), but it's over between us, Honey, you've been trumped by the Crimson! I think you tasting notes are right on. Just yesterday, after sharing Crimson Crisp with a friend (who loved it as well), I said it's like spiced cider in solid apple form. Such a beautiful red, and just as crisp as my former appley love, but even better texture and taste. Gotta have 'em! (They don't stick around long enough for me to comment on their shelf life.)

21 Sep 2014 
I tasted one yesterday and found it to be sweet and crisp. The color was very red.

15 Mar 2014 
CC is very tasty crisp, hard, red, holds on the tree tight, even when fully ripe. Keeps into February crisp even at 40 deg garage, 1/2 flavor then, almost indistinct from Pixie Crunch. Excellent for espalier because of long holding , clear red and NO Scab

24 Sep 2012 
My new favorite apple.

07 Feb 2012 
My tree of this variety sadly only produced one apple this year, but what an apple it was! I hope my tree will share many more of these crisp, sweet, slightly tart, juicy delights with me the coming season. This apple has an outstanding texture.

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Small to medium. Very bright mid-range red over yellow. Extremely crisp. Very good, rich flavor. Sweet/sharp flavor, spicy. Originally known as Coop 39.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1995
  • Developed by: Rutgers Fruit Research and Development Center
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1664


  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999


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

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

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  • Hayden in Winslow, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2016 season

  • April  2016  - tree owned by Brian in Capron, United States

2014 season

  • 15th April  2014  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

2013 season

  • 18th May  2013  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom
  • 18th April  2013  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

2012 season

  • 5th May  2012  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2016 season

  • September  2016  - tree owned by Brian in Capron, United States

2014 season

  • 3rd week October  2014  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

2013 season

    2012 season

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