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Holstein apple

Last updated 07 Sep 2012.

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Current rating: 4.4 out of 5. Total votes cast: 9

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29 Jan 2016 
This variety is the originally called „Holsteiner Cox“ from the former historical region „Holstein“ in the northern of Germany. Meanwhile quite common on sale in super markets here. Some traders use this one as substitute for the famous Cox Orange Pippin. But they are more different than equal regarding the taste from my point of view even if the same family. Holstein is characterized by a richly spiced enjoyable acid if fully ripe which tends to be like its apple grand father Ribston Pippin as often assumed. The taste experience is amongst others very dependent on the storage conditions and the „right moment“. I would recommend to keep the bought ones cool and let the basic color change from green to a slight yellow. Eat them well cooled (around 50 °F / 10 °C) to get a fresh, juicy and dense flesh. You can also use this apple for pies, cakes or remove the core and directly bake it in an oven with a nut-butter-cream or almond paste filling (Don't forget the vanilla sauce for Christmas season). The skin remains comparatively fine while cooking. All in all this is definitely one of the most underestimated apples.

23 Oct 2015 
Flavor in New England not as rich or complex to my taste buds as its reputation. Taste before you plant, or you may be disappointed by it.

15 Apr 2013 
I grow 54 varieties of apples and Holstein is my flavor favorite. Beats the hell out of Honeycrisp. I only wish I could coax more production out of my trees. I have it on two different rootstocks, and both are stingy producers. Plus, if you just look at these apples they fall from the tree. If it didn't taste so good I would prune both trees---at ground level! When I have a few to take to market, they fly off the table. People will most often just buy everything I have in one purchase! If anyone knows how to get more production from these trees, please let me know!

29 Apr 2012 
I'm still waiting to taste one, which will likely be from my own tree. I purchased the tree mailorder in 2011, along with several other hard to find varieties, from Maple Valley Orchards, in Wisconsin, USA.

20 Jul 2010 
Question for Florian D. in WA: If you've just planted your Holstein Cox in '09, let me know how it does and your regard for its taste. Your name keeps coming up re apples that pique my interest. Dave Liezen, Spokane

14 Nov 2009 
Just eaten a lovely, organic, German one of these. I will definetly be a repeat buyer.

13 Mar 2009 
Comment for Antje. You will not see Holstein apples for sale on the lower mainland. I've not seen them in any nursery either. You can graft your own tree or buy one from someone who grafts trees. The graft material for Holstein is available. It comes from local home gardens. It is a very good 'cox' style apple for the wet weather of the westcoast of BC. Scab resistant.

16 Feb 2009 
This apple is grown by many in the Home Orchard Society. It is one of my favorites in my own orchard. I like it as a fresh eater and as a pie.

20 Oct 2008 
Is this the "Holsteiner Cox"? Holstein Cox is very common in Northern Germany. It was grown from Cox Orange in the region of Holstein. It is my favourite dessert apple, but unfortunately I have never seen it in Canada even though the West Coast climate is quite similar to Northern Germany.

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Noted for its excellent orange-yellow juice, fairly soft, slight pineapple flavour

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Possibly Cox
  • Originates from: Germany
  • Introduced: 1918
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1165
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1979-163


  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Fruit size: Variable
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit shape: Short-round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong-conical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Bultitude apple group: 7. Flushed / striped, some russeting, sweet
  • Russet % coverage: Medium
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Basin russet: Gray to Brown Russet
  • Basin russet: Heavy russet
  • Basin russet: Leather-cracked, thick russet looking cracked
  • Basin russet: Little, light russet
  • Basin russet: Smooth, fine Russet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Exceptional
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Flavour style: Honeyed / Scented
  • Flavour style: Sharp / refreshing
  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949


  • Canker  - Some susceptibility
  • Scab  - Very resistant
  • Mildew  - Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight  - Some susceptibility

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Holstein identification photos from official fruit collections



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  • Pat in Hamilton, ONTARIO

Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 8th May  2014  - tree owned by Don in Twisp, United States

2013 season

  • 29th April  2013  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States

2011 season

  • 20th April  2011  - tree owned by Dr in Petersfield, United Kingdom
  • 15th April  2011  - tree owned by Peter in Croom, United States
  • 15th April  2011  - tree owned by Peter in Croom, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

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        Where to buy trees

        The following fruit tree nurseries offer Holstein apple trees for sale:

        • Cummins Nursery
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