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Paula Red apple

Last updated 22 Jul 2017.

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Current rating: 4.1 out of 5. Total votes cast: 23

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22 Mar 2018 
The Paula Red is one of the best (if not *THE BEST*) apples I have EVER HAD!!! It is similar to the McIntosh, but BETTER!!! The meat is crisp, yet soft, similar to that of a Golden Delicious. The skin is thick enough to protect from damage (scratches/bruises/etc), but not THICK, TOUGH, & BITTER, like that of the Red Delicious (at least the STORE Bought RDs seem to all be that way), they are slightly tart, yet incredibly sweet. Think crossing a Granny Smith & a Honey Crisp . . . Paula Red would be their offspring (their DELICIOUS LOVE CHILD!!! They are ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!!

18 Aug 2017 
I was surprised to find these at a local grocery store, fresh from Michigan. This variety has a soft flesh with a mellow flavor that is slightly tart but with a slight hint of "honey" like sweetness.

17 Aug 2015 
A pleasant first apple of the year, if you haven't had a fresh apple for a few months. No particular fragrance, but a mild sweetness and respectable crunch, flavor does indeed indicate a bit of the Snow/ Fameuse - McIntosh lineage.

03 Aug 2014 
When cooked with the skin on, Paula Reds make the most beautiful pink applesauce. The sauce needs little added sugar due to their natural sweetness.

14 Sep 2013 
I love the taste of the Paula Red Apple. Where can I purchase Paula Red Apple trees?

22 Aug 2013 
I have this variety and find that the taste matures a bit after picking. Tart or tasteless at first give it some time and it is sweet and juicy.

05 Jun 2012 
I found this variety to be my best quality apple. It ripens early and produces a sweet tasting apple. It also lasts well after picking.

10 Sep 2011 
An acceptable apple. Main advantage is early harvest. Softer fleshed, less tart and less complex than I like.

08 Sep 2011 
I enjoyed this apple. It has a slight tartness with an enjoyable flavor. The taste had a bit of pear in it for me. This variety does have some characteristics that I don't like in an apple. The skin is on the tough side and so far all the ones I've had (from one source to this point) are soft fleshed. This is not a crisp apple, the flesh is pushing the edge of mealy. Overall I will buy this apple again because I think the flavor is worth it.

31 Aug 2011 
The one I had, though nicely colored, was very tart. I usually like tart apples, but I cannot recommend this apple.

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Chance seedling, but may have some McIntosh ancestry
  • Originates from: Sparta, Michigan, United States
  • Introduced: 1960
  • Developed by: Lewis Arrends
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1828
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1999-028


  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Flowering period: Early-Mid season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999


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

Also known as

  • Paulared

References and further reading about this variety

  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as resistant - control only needed under high disease pressure.

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