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PristineTM apple

Last updated 16 Feb 2014.

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Current rating: 3.6 out of 5. Total votes cast: 10

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01 Aug 2018 
Great early apple. Full sized with good fruit set in a below average year for later apples. Granny Smith flavor two to three weeks prior to full ripening. Mellow with a hint of tartness at full ripening. Stores at room tempatures for two to three weeks. Makes excellent daily eater and applesause. “No spray” variety too.

10 Aug 2015 
Wonderful tart, crisp, early apple. Very juicy and firm, with flavor and sweetness under the tartness. Tastes like it would make good applesauce and pie, but so far the ones I've bought haven't stayed around long enough; they all get eaten out of hand.

19 Jul 2015 
Tried my first Pristine today July 18th, 2015 - off my own tree. Still green, seeds still white, but the flavor is there, quite "granny smith" like. Another couple of weeks, we'll see if it mellows a bit.

23 Aug 2012 
Early season apple with a level of tartness to it. It has a pear type of flavor. Medium density flesh and a crispy citrus bite. Its different for an early season variety but just average in terms of flavor.

27 Jul 2011 
We have two Pristine trees and they are marvelous. They are the first tree to ripen, which is late July here in Alexander Valley.

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Beautiful lemon-yellow apple with a perfect finish. This high quality apple is very productive and is a good keeper for an early apple.

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Co Op 10 x Camuzat
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1994
  • Developed by: PRI (Purdue, Rutgers, Illinois Co Op)
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1850


  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Gold
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit shape: Flat-round
  • Fruit shape: Short-round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Conical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Tapering toward calyx end or apex
  • Shape uniformity: Pentangular, 5 sided
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Russet % coverage: Absent
  • Basin russet: Gray to Brown Russet
  • Basin russet: Little, light russet
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Flavour style: Sharp / refreshing
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Harvest period: Very early season
  • Use / keeping: 1 week


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999


  • Scab  - Very resistant
  • Mildew  - Some resistance
  • Fireblight  - Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust  - Some susceptibility

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors 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.

Pristine identification photos from website visitors


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United States

Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2017 season

  • 18th April  2017  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2014 season

  • 18th August  2014  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

2012 season

  • 7th May  2012  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2017 season

  • 3rd week July  2017  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2014 season

  • 2nd week August  2014  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

2012 season

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