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Pilot apple

Last updated 29 May 2011.

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23 Feb 2013 
I have grown an example of this excellent German very late keeping variety in my orchard the last couple of years. It is an early bearing heavy cropper - my two year spindel bush produced over five pounds in it's first season. The fruit is attractive red - deep yellow with a small amount of russeting. The flesh is very firm and quite juicy. The taste is sweet, aromatic with an almost cidery tang - very refreshing. However it is not as aromatic and full bodied as e.g. Ashmead's Kernel - but Pilot stores much longer. I pick them around mid October and store them in a cool air store. This way they are ready to eat from around Christmas but they taste sweeter and more aromatic from late January onwards. And they will last - at least until early May. The flesh is still firm and refreshing by early April!It is a fairly decease resistant variety (scab - mildew) and very easy to grow. I would definately recommend this variety! It is unfortunately not available from Danish or British nuseries as far as I know. However there are some excellent German nuseries that do ship internationally at a reasonable price - I got my tree that way. Happy growing

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Large yellow fruit with red stripes and russet specks. Fine grained, crisp and juicy flesh.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Virginia seedling
  • Introduced: Early 1800s
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1834
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1994-016

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