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Red Astrachan apple

Last updated 16 Oct 2014.

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Current rating: 4.3 out of 5. Total votes cast: 3

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05 Dec 2015 
I have grown an Red Astrachan for two decades. The summer of 2015 fruit was ripe before the end of July here on a south slope on Vancouver Island. Picked from the tree: red, sweet and still crisp, these are an early season treat. Then quickly, only apple sauce is an option.

29 Sep 2015 
I believe we have an old Astrachan apple trees on the North Mountain, including two on our acre of land. They are wonderful apples, but more green than red — tart and crisp, but ours get wormy before they really ripen. But I still eat around the spots and make the best apple sauce.

06 Sep 2015 
I grew up in western PA and our old farmhouse came with a very old orchard of several different apple varieties. My favorites were Astrachan-- but I have never seen the name written until your website. As I remember those our family called Astrachan were very beautifully striped and not mostly solid red as in your picture. Otherwise description is fairly accurate as I remember. Are there other varieties of Astrachan?

27 Aug 2015 
I believe this is the apple tree we have on our farm. I have old pictures (pre-1940) that show this tree.

23 Oct 2013 
When I was growing up, my family owned a wonderful apple orchard. We had mostly Macs, Delicicious, Gravensteins. Also had Wolf River, Russets, so-called Strawberry apple. Just a few Red Astrachans which were my absolute favorite. Have not had a bite of one for years and miss that experience sorely! Will chase down the two listed sites that grow them here inMaine.

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Eating, cooking and cider apple. Medium sized, crimson colored, flesh is juicy, tart and crisp with good flavor. Very short storage.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Russia
  • Introduced: Early 1800s
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1859
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1999-084


  • Flesh colour: White
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Variable
  • Fruit shape: Flat
  • 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): Ribs more pronounced at apex, toward basin
  • Shape uniformity: Lack Uniformity in size & shape
  • Bultitude apple group: 6. Red flushed, smooth, sweet
  • Russet % coverage: Absent
  • Bloom qualities: Thick White when fully ripe
  • Basin russet: Little, light russet
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Flavour style: Sharp / refreshing
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Harvest period: Very early season


  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Red Astrachan identification photos from official fruit collections

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2011 season

  • 15th May  2011  - tree owned by Pennsylvania in Montrose, United States

2009 season

  • 18th April  2009  - tree owned by Leonard in Roanoke, United States
  • 18th April  2009  - tree owned by Leonard in Roanoke, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2011 season

  • 2nd week August  2011  - tree owned by Pennsylvania in Montrose, United States

2009 season

  • 3rd week August  2009  - tree owned by Leonard in Roanoke, United States
  • 3rd week August  2009  - tree owned by Leonard in Roanoke, United States

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