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Fireside apple

Last updated 31 Dec 2013.

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Current rating: 4.1 out of 5. Total votes cast: 10

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21 Jun 2018 
I grafted this cultivar this past spring ( 2018 ) and it's showing signs of life, really do hope it's going to heal up the union and become a beautiful fruiting tree. It's siblings i.e. ( Honeycrisp and Zestar ) from the University of Minnesota are outstanding flavor filled apples so I'm definitely looking forward to sampling the Fireside.

06 Jan 2017 
I grew up in Apple Valley Mn. in the 70's and 80's and the block we grew up on was named after apple trees. We lived on Fireside Dr. and each house had a Fireside apple tree. The memories of going out in the fall and pick your own apple, they were delicious!!

14 Sep 2016 
Our all-time most favorite apple. My wife's grandfather had an orchard in Buffalo, IA and he used to win the Iowa state fair with this variety back in the 70's.

11 Nov 2014 
I love this apple. It makes wonderful pie because it holds its' slice

19 Oct 2014 
This apple is better than the famed Honeycrisp apple. I am currently looking for trees to plant at my house.

27 Sep 2014 
I used to work as an apple picker in Minnesota and remember that Fireside apples had a sort of oily or waxy feel to them. They were a late season apple.

20 Sep 2014 
We've had a fireside tree for years now and it produces a large crop each year. After the first frost they get much sweeter and make a great base apple for apple sauce (often mix with some Haralson).

14 Oct 2013 
This is a great apple! We have two trees. One trick is to have them stay on the tree long enough to sweeten at the first frost. That seems to really bless them with great flavor.

13 Feb 2013 
My grandfather had large apple orchard with many varieties, and most people agreed with me that the Fireside apple was the best. Yet, it is almost impossible to find, many growers swear there is no such apple called Fireside. (The Fools!)

28 Sep 2012 
My favorite. I've enjoyed this apple every fall for over 35 years and I start calling orchards by late September to find out the picking schedule.

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Large conical fruit. Green skin with scarlet stripes and sometimes a mottled orange flush. Crisp, sweet, juicy greenish white to yellow flesh. Excellent eating apple.

Fireside phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: McIntosh x Longfield
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1917
  • Developed by: Charles Haralson, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1691
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1951-061


  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949

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Fireside identification photos from official fruit collections

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Fireside identification photos from website visitors

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • May  2014  - tree owned by JSchreiber in West Concord, United States

2013 season

  • 21st May  2013  - tree owned by Jeff in Elko, United States
  • 4th May  2013  - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States

2010 season

  • 17th May  2010  - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States

2009 season

  • 28th May  2009  - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2014 season

    2013 season

    • 1st week October  2013  - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States

    2010 season

    • 2nd week September  2010  - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States

    2009 season

    • 3rd week September  2009  - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States

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