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Opalescent apple


Last updated 09 Jan 2011.

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Current rating: 3.5 out of 5. Total votes cast: 2

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30 Nov 2017 
Just got to experience the Opal apple! It is such a delicious snack apple. Sweet, but not too sweet and just the right amount of tartness with a hint of floral and fruity. I've been getting into apple variety for the past few years and this apple has made my top 3.

03 Oct 2017 
Thin-skinned, juicy and delightfully flavorful, almost floral. A nice balance of sweet and tart. Just crisp enough.

08 Apr 2017 
It is indeed a beautiful large apple. It has a good taste but, because of the rain at ripening time, it was not particularly sweet this year.

21 May 2015 
I bought this from JE Miller Nurseries years ago. About 5 years ago it began producing...lumpy green apples! Nothing like they're supposed to look. However, each year they taste better and better. The skin is yellowish and has spots of mildew on them. It is extremely fruitful and interestingly shaped.

06 Nov 2014 
This apple is so good, and really beautiful too.

11 Sep 2013 

16 Mar 2012 
Most years FEDCO of Maine sells Opalescent apple trees

08 Nov 2010 
RObin, this man, Ram Fishman sells opalescent apples. A real expert on apples, and fruit in general.

06 Jul 2010 
I grew up in Cayuga Co., NY and moved to Texas years ago-and have never been able to find opalescents anywhere. Picked them at an orchard as a kid-and loved them. Anyone willing to ship me some this fall? My whole family misses them!

03 Nov 2009 
When I was working in the Waldorph Cafeteria in Waterbury CT back in 1962 we served these Baked. It was a yearly big event to have these arrive. They are THE BEST apple for baking.

20 Sep 2009 
Keown Orchard in Sutton, MA has opalescent apples for pick your own and also to be shipped anywhere in the US. Just wanted to let you know

26 Oct 2008 
Growing up in Connecticut, my Grandfather would "sneak" off and buy a huge basket of these beauties and would never divulge where he bought them. Now that he has passed on nobody in my family can find any place that sells them. If anyone knows where I can order some I'd be Extremely Grateful for the information, plus it would make my 92 year old Grandmother Very Happy and be flooded with cherished memories. Thank You all

04 Oct 2008 
I had one of these handsome apples for the first time last month. They are big and hearty in the hand but the flavor is complex with many delicate touches--hints of lilac and other floral notes. I wish I'd gotten more, but suppose will have to wait until next year. Theres a photo of Opalescent at

01 Oct 2008 
What a great apple! i just bought my first sack at my neighbor's farmstand If you're looking for it, right now they have it at Goodwin's Farm on Rt104 at Rt 5 in North Smithfield, RI

30 Sep 2008 
I used to be able to pick these apples right from the trees in an orchard near where I grew up in Bergen County. Up until a couple of years ago, I was able to find them at some of the local farmstands. I have not found them since and would LOVE it if someone could tell me where I might find them. They are absolutely the BEST apples I have ever, ever tasted and I am sad to think that I might not ever have another. My friend and I always search for them but between the two of us, we haven't found any the last two seasons. If anyone can help it would be very much appreciated.

16 Aug 2008 
I came across the Opalescent Apple at the farmer's markets of Rhode Island when I lived there in the late 1980s-early 1990s. The first one I ate was amazing. After reading the comments, I remember that they were pretty big apples. But the taste was something to remember. I think I remember the growers telling me that they do not travel well. I thought it was strictly local fruit and I am very happy to hear that it exists.

04 Nov 2007 
Hi in 2002 our “Heritage Fruits Group” voted Opalescent the best looking apple in our heritage apple collection at “Petty’s Orchard” in Victoria, Australia. We found the taste to be superb due to its ripeness, but it held poorly off the tree for the same reason since then we have picked it earlier and it is on our top 6 apples we recommend at our yearly grafting days.

03 Aug 2007 
I have eaten and greatly enjoyed this apple – I can’t get it anymore, since I have moved away from New England to Ontario, Canada. Its flavour reminds me of Mutsu/Crispin. It is the largest apple I have ever seen…the first year I got them, the average circumference was 12-14"!! I have used it fresh (for eating) and have dehydrated it. I found it to brown fairly slowly, so it produced attractive dried apple rings, without addition of citric/ascorbic acid. I believe I made frozen pie filling with it as well.

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A popular large New England apple, sweet, crunchy, juicy, hint of strawberries - a well-flavoured apple.

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1880s
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1172
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1927-028


  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Very large
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Russet % coverage: Absent


  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid

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References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Opalescent identification photos from official fruit collections

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  • Hayden in Winslow, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
  • Warren in Cobram, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

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2013 season

  • 15th May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom

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