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Pitmaston Pine Apple apple

Pitmaston Pineapple is an old English russet apple from the West Midlands area.  It was originally raised as a seedling of Golden Pippin in the late 18th century, but presented to the London Horticultural Society in 1845 by Mr Williams of Pitmaston near Worcester.  It crops heavily but has a tendency to biennial bearing - fruiting only every other year.

Its most notable feature is the unusual and prominent pineapple-like flavour.  The flavour of apples can be most simply defined on a scale from very acidic to very sweet, but many varieties exhibit other flavour overtones on top of this basic axis, and Pitmaston Pineapple is the best example of a small group of apples where a musky pineapple-like flavour comes to the fore.

Last updated 27 Jan 2013.

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Current rating: 4.3 out of 5. Total votes cast: 15

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20 Nov 2015 
The yellow fruit flavours in this variety do indeed resemble pineapple. It has very good texture too - not mealy at all.

18 Oct 2014 
the best flavoured of my 20 dessert vars. pity about the size

11 Oct 2010 
This is a lovely-eating and reliable little apple in my experience, on two different sites and soils and over several seasons in the Derbyshire Peak District. It is also very beautiful: on M27, at least, its habit seems naturally elegant and well proportioned, while the glowing gold of the fruit against the dark green foliage can lift the greyest afternoon.

09 Aug 2010 
Given regular pruning, biennial bearing is not a problem with this variety. I do not remember having a year without a reasonable crop after growing it In Devon and N. Wales for over 20 years.

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An old English apple variety with an unusual flavour reminscent of pineapples.

Pitmaston Pine Apple phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Seedling of Golden Pippin
  • Originates from: Worcester, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 19th century
  • Developed by: Mr Williams
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1561
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1955-024
  • 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.


  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Gold
  • Bultitude apple group: 8. Russeted, sweet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Pineapple
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months
  • Vitamin C content: Low


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates


  • Scab  - Very resistant

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Scab factories  2012
    Author: Adrian Baggely

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Pitmaston Pine Apple identification photos from official fruit collections

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Pitmaston Pine Apple identification photos from website visitors

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 6th May  2018  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom
  • 27th April  2018  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2017 season

  • 8th May  2017  - tree owned by Hugh in KINGSBRIDGE, United Kingdom
  • 3rd April  2017  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2016 season

  • 16th May  2016  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 2nd May  2014  - tree owned by Michael in HALIFAX, United Kingdom
  • 31st April  2014  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom
  • April  2014  - tree owned by Karen in LEEDS, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 15th May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom
  • 11th May  2013  - tree owned by Chris in OXFORD, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • April  2011  - tree owned by Roy in NORTH SHIELDS, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2018 season

  • 2nd week September  2018  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2017 season

    2016 season

    • 1st week October  2016  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

    2014 season

    • 3rd week September  2014  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

    2013 season

      2011 season

      • November  2011  - tree owned by Roy in NORTH SHIELDS, United Kingdom

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