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Idared apple

Idared - the red apple from Idaho - is an attractive apple with a mild apple flavor.

Its main feature is its remarkably long storage potential - even in a domestic fridge it will readily keep for 6 months.  As a result it has become quite popular, both in North America and Europe, even though its flavor probably only rates as average.

Last updated 31 May 2016.

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Current rating: 3.9 out of 5. Total votes cast: 25

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22 Mar 2018 
Perhaps Idared has better quality fruit in areas with colder winters than here in Britain. My own tree has good yield for a cordon and the fruit keeps well into spring. However it is completely tasteless and has no value as a dessert variety. It is better in pies with some spices, but can't compare to more well-known cooking varieties.

10 Nov 2015 
Does anyone ship Idareds like to Colorado?

13 Oct 2012 
I have no idea how a person can manage to get a couple hundred apples in a crisper in a refridgerator. At least not the size apples we get here in NY. They must have been awful small, maybe more like crabapples????? I have seen apples in Arizona and they don't grow much bigger than crabapples.

06 Sep 2012 
We have a Granny Smith and an Ida Red, both about 20 years old growing at our cottage near Show Low, Arizona (Alt 6,000 ft). Late frosts means no apples in many years, but this year both produced huge quantities. The Ida is the best! Great pies, cakes and applesauce, and we will store a couple of hundred in the crisper of our beer fridge, to enjoy during the warm Arizona winter.

30 Oct 2011 
We have been buying Idareds in the fall for at least 4 years. With refrigeration they keep until June. Flesh is crisp and white with sweet/tangy flavor similar to Jonathon. Excellent for pies, baking, frying, eating fresh

14 Oct 2011 
I picked some Ida Red apples from a local Orchard and they are perfect large juicy firm apples.A good choice !

06 Oct 2011 
I bought a bag of Ida Reds on my way back from Nova Scotia, and they taste suspiciously like McIntosh; not like some Ida Reds I purchased a few years ago which as I recall were sweet and quite firm. The apples I just bought are tangy and somewhat soft. I'm not satisfied with them. Next time I buy an Ida Red, I will sample it first.

10 May 2009 
This apple,honestly, doesn't number among my favourites, but it's very useful because it keeps in ordinary cool basement storage extremely well, better than a Golden Russet or Northern Spy(which are traditional Canadian/American winter storage varieties).I wouldn't grow this if I was limited to just a few trees because there are better tasting varieties. But for homegrown apples in late winter, it's the best keeper I've found. It's pretty good in pies, too, although I've never seen it listed as a cooking apple.

13 Nov 2008 
A wonderful sweet yet sharp taste that remains consistent. I have rarely ever found a "wooden" tasting Idared.

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Idared is notable for its exceptional keeping qualities. It has a pleasant mild but undistinguished apple flavor.

Idared phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Jonathan x Wagener
  • Originates from: Moscow, Idaho, United States
  • Introduced: 1930s
  • Developed by: Idaho Agricultural Experimental Station
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1092
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1976-146
  • Some historical details taken with kind permission from 'The New Book of Apples' by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards , illustrated by Elisabeth Dowle, published by Ebury Press, 2002.


  • Flesh colour: White
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Flesh colour: White to Greenish to Greenish Yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Variable
  • Fruit shape: Flat-round
  • Fruit shape: Short-round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Symmetrical
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Bultitude apple group: 6. Red flushed, smooth, sweet
  • Russet % coverage: Medium
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Russet % coverage: Absent
  • Basin russet: Little, light russet
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Flavour style: Vinous
  • Flavour style: Honeyed / Scented
  • Flavour style: Sharp / refreshing
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Early-Mid season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949


  • Climate suitability: Warm climates
  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Blossom frost-resistance: Good resistance

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM 1993


  • Mildew  - Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight  - Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust  - Some susceptibility

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

Offspring of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as susceptible - control usually needed where CAR is prevalent.

  • Apples for the 21st Century
    Author: Manhart
  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon

Idared identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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Idared identification photos from website visitors


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

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  • Hayden in Winslow, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2011 season

  • May  2011  - tree owned by v in Lucknow, Canada
  • May  2011  - tree owned by Leslie in Kelowna, Canada
  • 13th April  2011  - tree owned by James in Melbourne, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • April  2010  - tree owned by Leslie in Kelowna, Canada

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2011 season

  • 2nd week October  2011  - tree owned by v in Lucknow, Canada
  • 2nd week October  2011  - tree owned by Leslie in Kelowna, Canada
  • 1st week September  2011  - tree owned by James in Melbourne, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 1st week October  2010  - tree owned by Leslie in Kelowna, Canada

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