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Sturmer Pippin apple

Sturmer Pippin was an important English apple in the Victorian period, esteemed because of its excellent keeping qualities.  Rated by the Victorian writer Hogg as "of first-rate excellence".

Visually Sturmer Pippin is not a particularly exciting prospect, it is basically an unattractive green apple, often flushed with red and quite prone to russeting.  The flavour when picked straight from the tree is robust and sharp, and really not that pleasant ... but with a promise of things to come - because this apple's real talent is that it matures and sweetens in store.  Most authors agree that it is not even worth trying to eat until February, and at its best probably around March - clearly a very useful attribute at a time when refrigerated storage was not available and people had to rely on seasonal produce.

Sturmer Pippin is also a historically interesting apple, because it was taken by settlers to Australia in the 19th century as its keeping qualities make it a useful apple for exporting.  This puts it at the right time and place to be an ancestor of Granny Smith, Australia's famous long-keeping green apple - although there is no evidence of any link.

Last updated 29 Dec 2011.

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28 Sep 2016 
This is now the fifth leaf since I made the graft onto Geneva 30 root stock. Last year Sturmer produced its debut fruit and they were hit by cork -hottest & driest summer on record by a long shot! This season is more typical. I found one fruit loose on a branch and cut it open today: no insect damage (covered with nylon footie;) 8 nearly black seeds; flavor surprisingly good and 13 Brix! It's a go!

11 Oct 2015 
In the UK it needs to be picked as late as possible (late October at the earliest, and well into November if not threatened by frost before then) if it is to keep well without shrivelling. My tree, although not very vigorous, crops well with good sized fruit, which most years keeps well until April or even later. It retains a good flavour, though is not very juicy. It has the drawback of being virtually inedible straight off the tree, and I would say it is not really ideal for eating until around February. My other late-keeping variety, Winston, has the merit of being pleasant to eat straight from the tree in late September or October.

12 Sep 2014 
Haven't seen a Sturmer in the shops for years. It used to be possible to buy New Zealand fruit but not any more. From what I remember, an excellent tart but richly flavoured apple. I'd love to try one again.

18 Apr 2013 
I have become interested in old apple varieties as my curiosity was aroused some years ago as I had notced that wild apple trees in this country hardly ever suffer from the problems that home grown apples suffer from, to that end I have found small wild trees growing ( some from rootstock)and transplanted them to our home garden where they are now fruiting and exhibiting the same pest free characteristics as the original parent trees. One of the trees is a Sturmer Pippin and the other is a Bel de Boscoop both quite old by our countrys history. The flavour and relative pest free characteristics of these fruits fascinate me and I will continue to search for more. Thank you for your website where I have been able to verify the Sturmer variety.

14 Feb 2013 
This looks like a candidate for growing in eastern Washington state, so I grafted it onto Geneva 30 last season. It is described as doing well in dry conditions; that we have here! Will check in, a few years from now, to report on the fruit.

11 Jun 2011 
This year was the best harvest we have had from our Sturmer Apple. Probably because we had so much Spring rain (will need to water it when rain not so plentiful). Now June 11th and well into winter. Have had several hard frosts but last night was a humdinger, thick frost still lying in the shadows, even though it is a warm cloudless day. Have picked some of the Sturmer apples and they are really sound, no frost damage, but still not entirely sweet (bit sharp), but easily edible. Have just tried cooking one, and found to my delight that, unlike many other apples they do not dissolve but hold their shape. Perfect for apples pies etc. Will leave them on the tree for a while longer but those I have picked I will keep for a few months and try them to see if they have sweetened up. So far - A most impressive apple. PS If they last a long time it will cut down on how many apples I will need to bottle !!

23 Mar 2011 
first time i have heard of this apple brought this as a heritage apple. march still very sour to eat but quite firm hope they improve in sweetness if not they will make good cooking apples sturmer pippin

30 Jul 2010 
We have picked ours from the tree in January where it has remained sweet and firm. Definitely not one to pick and eat early.

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A popular Victorian dessert apple variety, notable for its exceptional keeping qualities.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Ribston Pippin x Nonpareil
  • Originates from: Sturmer, near Haverhill, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1800s
  • Developed by: Mr Dillistone
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1176
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2000-091
  • 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: Green
  • Bultitude apple group: 2. Green, smooth, sweet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more
  • Vitamin C content: Medium


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters

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References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples for the 21st Century
    Author: Manhart
    Listed as Sturmer
  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor
  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon

Sturmer Pippin identification photos from official fruit collections

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2017 season

  • 11th October  2017  - tree owned by Neville in TEA TREE GULLY, Australia

2016 season

  • 9th May  2016  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 9th May  2015  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 2nd May  2014  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 27th May  2013  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 20th April  2011  - tree owned by Dr in PETERSFIELD, United Kingdom
  • 18th April  2011  - tree owned by Keith in , United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 3rd May  2010  - tree owned by Stuart in Newbury, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2017 season

    2016 season

      2015 season

      • 3rd week November  2015  - tree owned by Carol in LINCOLN, United Kingdom

      2014 season

      • 4th week October  2014  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom
      • April  2014  - tree owned by Mark in PERTH, Australia

      2013 season

      • 4th week April  2013  - tree owned by Katrina in NELSON, New Zealand

      2011 season

        2010 season

        • 1st week November  2010  - tree owned by Dr in PETERSFIELD, United Kingdom

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