Akane appleMalus domestica
Akane is useful early season apple with an unusually good balance of sweet and sharp flavors. The flesh is firm rather than crisp, but with plenty of juice.
Akane was developed in Japan in the 1930s, and represents an unusual marriage of the classic English early variety, Worcester Pearmain, and the high quality American heritage apple variety, Jonathan - and it is a marriage that works very successfully.
It is better known in the USA than the UK, despite the fact that it has a very "English" flavour.
Akane apple identification images
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USDA identification images for Akane
The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.
Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.
- Mutsu - Akane and Mutsu were both developed at the Aomori Apple Research Station in Japan
- 28 May 2016 Tony BakerMARLNOROUGH, New Zealandthis is my favourite apple! It is quite disease resistant, has a red/russet skin and white flesh. medium sweet (13 Brix) with good acid. It is quite juicy.
- 07 Sep 2015 BarryWA, United StatesGood variety for western Washington, fairly scab resistant, (comment on apple maggot is true) good for fresh eating and for use in baking etc. Haven't tried for cider, but will be shortly.
- 29 Aug 2015 Lynne StevensCA, United StatesLovely flavor!
- 17 Aug 2015 email@example.comOregon, United StatesVery good early apple. Red striped skin, white flesh. Medium size. Best for fresh eating, and giving to your friends. Does NOT keep well. The Willamette Valley has been hot this summer, and my Akane is ripe now in mid-August.
- 14 Mar 2015 Abha hWA, United StatesI got a grafted semidwarf of this variety last year at this time (March 2014). It was a stick when first grafted onto the rootstock, but over the year it grew like a ROCKET. It is now around 5'6" tall and I am going to plant it: amazingly vigorous. I know I will have to wait a few years to get apples off of it, but it looks very promising.
- 13 Mar 2015 Gil SchieberWASHINGTON, United StatesI like it because it's scab resistant, mid september, snapping sweet-tart, -reminds me of Jonathan, bright red, white fleshed keeps alright but takes on an off-flavor from the fridge that few apples do. It's other drawback is that it's a magnet to Apple Maggot, as is Elstar.
- 22 Feb 2015 HåKon Wium LieOSLO, NorwayBought this apple in the organic part of Queen Victoria market in Melbourne. The apples were quite small, with a distinct, but not overly strong, taste. Good sour/sweet balance.
- 14 Sep 2013 SteveNY, United StatesWe live in an 1860's vintage farmhouse with a pair of 30 ft tall apple trees in the front yard. I believe one is an Akane. The apples ripen in late July to early August. When picked from the tree they are some of the best apples I have eaten. Let them sit for 2 days and they have a grainy consistency and lose some flavor. I was going to use them for cider and waited for them to fall as the tree is quite tall. Bad choice as the apples rot on the tree! If anyone can confirm this is an Akane, please let me know.
- 28 Feb 2013 PenVICTORIA, AustraliaBought a bag of these the other day. Wasn't impressed with the first one, but they've slowly grown on me. Has anyone ever made cider with these? Coz that's what they taste like :D
- 17 Jan 2013 RustyFranceThese are available only for a short period at french villiage markets. My favourite apple, crisp, sweet with lots of juice when you get fresh ones and with a beautiful apple perfume when you bite into it.
- 22 Dec 2011 NateISLAND COUNTY, WASHINGTON, United StatesExcellent flavour and crispness, but not too dense - my current favorite. Its also well suited to our temperate coastal climate. I've dealt with some mildew but considering the damp climate it does well here. Highly recommended.
- 31 Oct 2011 Will LanglandsBC, CanadaI have an Akane tree that I planted 25 years ago. It is scab resistant, grows well in our warm coastal climate. As an added bonus, although the apples do not keep for more than a week or so after being picked, they will stay ripe on the tree for more than six weeks. making it relatively easy to eat them fresh for an extended period. An amazing apple for eating, drying, and applesauce.
- 18 Aug 2011 MichaelWA, United StatesI have a semi-dwarf akane and love it. No disease problems to speak of, and the flavor is exceptional- my favorite of all apples.
- 14 Jul 2011 Marilyn StoffelINDIANA, HUNTINGTON COUNTY, United StatesI am trying to locate an apple from grandparent's pasture that looks much like this. It's a rather large apple that makes the best applesauce that has a pink color to it! It always gave it's apples to us in early September and I've been looking forever for whatever it might be. Any help? It was great for eating or sauce. Hoping the antique apple may be close to what I'm trying to find. Thank you for any help and/or ideas.
- 16 Aug 2010 Edward VielmettiMI, United StatesWe are just eating our way through a half a peck of these purchased at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market in Ann Arbor, MI. They are exceptionally good tasting.
- 31 May 2010 DonCALIFORNIA, United StatesI am looking for warm climate varities of apples. Does any know how many chill hours are required for this variety? Flavor? Storage life? Month it ripes for harvest?
- 30 Apr 2010 LeighNEW PLYMOUTH, New Zealandthey have these in the Warehouse now, look OK, what do they pollinate with?
- 01 Jan 2010 Orange PippinUnited KingdomStarter post
- Agnes Oconnor in Snohomish, WA
- Albany Appleguy in Castleton, NY
- Annette in Wading River, NEW YORK
- Beth Matney in Bauxite, ARKANSAS
- Bren Sullivan in New Virginia, IOWA
- Brian Lance in Marion, ILLINOIS
- Brian Pruiett in CARLSBORG, WA
- Brooke Grider in Waynesville, OHIO
- Carolina Nurik in Vashon, WA
- Chadwick Little in Marion, IA
- Charles Roome in Kingston, WASHINGTON/KITSAP
- Charlie Holderman in BONNERS FERRY, IDAHO, IDAHO
- Cindy in Bonney Lake, WA
- Dan Whitney in Cowiche, WA
- Dr. Sloan in Portland, OR
- Eric in Winslow, ARKANSAS
- Fred c Smyth in Oak Harbor, WA
- Gary in Pleasant Hill, CA
- Gil Schieber in Snohomish, WASHINGTON
- Gnoeske@Aol.Com in Cedarville, IL
- j Nelson in Yelm, WASHINGTON
- James Roden in Estacada, OR
- Jessica Klein in Maple Valley, WASHINGTON
- Jill Mckinney in Palouse, WA
- Jill Mckinney in Palouse, WA
- Jon Shannon in Shaw Island, WA
- Justin in PORTLAND, OREGON
- Kim Lapacek in Poynette, WI
- Kim Wratten in Shoreline, WA
- Lewin in BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA
- Lisa Schultz in Warwick, RHODE ISLAND
- Madrona Murphy in Lopez Island, WA
- Mark in Lopez Island, WA
- Matt D in Canterbury, NH
- Melissa in AIRWAY HEIGHTS, WA
- Michael Dryfoos in Edgewood, WA
- Michelle Nitsch in Saratoga, CALIFORNIA, US
- Mike Haller in SIOUX CITY, IOWA
- Nate in Whidbey Island, WASHINGTON
- Nathan Parker in Mount Shasta, CA
- Randy Kiyokawa in Parkdale, OR
- Ryan Grover in Vineyard, UTAH
- firstname.lastname@example.org in Mcminnville, OREGON
- Shirley Morelli in Northport, WA
- Steve Pabody in Ferndale, WASHINGTON
- Surik Mehrabyan in Ithaca, NY
- Surik Mehrabyan in ITHACA, NEW YORK
- Susan Abernathy in El Sobrante, CA
- Terry Graham in Tumwater, WA
- Terry Smith in Prescott Valley, AZ
- The Kirk Family in Molalla, OR
- Trevor in Rochester, NEW YORK
- Jorge Ramirez in VALENCIA, VALENCIA
- Katrina Richards in Nelson,
Spring blossom records for this variety
- 20th April 2022 - tree owned by Dr. in Portland, United States
- March 2018 - tree owned by Lewin in BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, United States
- 16th April 2015 - tree owned by Agnes in Snohomish, United States
- 12th April 2015 - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States
- 27th May 2014 - tree owned by Torebuch in Keene, Canada
- 11th May 2012 - tree owned by Will in Powell River, Canada
- 9th May 2012 - tree owned by James in Estacada, United States
- 25th April 2012 - tree owned by Steve in Ferndale, United States
- 20th April 2010 - tree owned by Bren in New Virginia, United States
Harvest records for this variety
- August 2018 - tree owned by Lewin in BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, United States
- 1st week September 2015 - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States
- 1st week September 2014 - tree owned by Agnes in Snohomish, United States
- January 2014 - tree owned by Mark in Perth, Australia
- 1st week September 2013 - tree owned by Agnes in Snohomish, United States
- 1st week October 2012 - tree owned by Nate in Whidbey Island, United States
- 3rd week September 2012 - tree owned by Kim in Shoreline, United States
- 2nd week September 2012 - tree owned by Steve in Ferndale, United States
- September 2012 - tree owned by James in Estacada, United States
- 3rd week October 2011 - tree owned by Nate in Whidbey Island, United States
- 2nd week September 2011 - tree owned by Madrona in Lopez Island, United States
- 2nd week September 2011 - tree owned by Carolina in Vashon, United States
- 1st week October 2010 - tree owned by Nate in Whidbey Island, United States
- 1st week October 2009 - tree owned by Nate in Whidbey Island, United States
- Species: Malus domestica - Apple
- Parentage: Jonathan x Worcester Pearmain
- Originates from: Japan
- Introduced: 1937
- Developed by: Morioka Experimental Station
- UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1972-006
- Country of origin: Japan
- Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
- Fruit colour: Red
- Leaf colour: Green
- Popularity: Best sellers
- Annual cycle: Deciduous
- Alleles: 7
- Alleles: 24
- Picking season: Early
- Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
- Flavour quality: Very good
- Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
- Discoloration of fruit: Very oxidising (browns quickly)
- Cropping: Good
- Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period
- Food uses: Eating fresh
- Food uses: Culinary
- Food uses: Juice
- Picking period: late August
- Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators
- Gardening skill: Beginner
- Flowering group: 4
- Pollinating others: Average
- Ploidy: Diploid
- Vigour: Average vigour
- Precocity: Precocious
- Bearing regularity: Regular
- Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
- Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
- Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
- Cold hardiness (USDA): (6) -10F / -23C
- Cold hardiness (USDA): (7) 0F / -18C
- Cold hardiness (USDA): (8) 10F / -12C
- Cold hardiness (USDA): (9) 20F / -7C
- Chill requirement: Low-chill
- Climate suitability: Temperate climates
- Climate suitability: Warm climates
- Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
- Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
- Summer average maximum temperatures: Hot (>30C / 86F)
- Disease resistance: Good
- Scab (Apple and Pear): Some resistance
- Powdery mildew: Some resistance
- Fire blight: Some resistance
- Cedar apple rust: Some resistance
Where to buy trees
The following tree nurseries offer Akane apple trees for sale:
- Orange Pippin Fruit Trees (USA) United States
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Where to buy fresh fruit
The following orchards grow Akane:
- Freedom Farms - Apple & Peach Orchard, Chatsworth
- Williamson Orchards & Vineyards, Caldwell
- Jonamac Orchards, Malta
- Old Ciderpress Farm, Westmoreland
- Costanzas' Orchards and A-Bee Honey, Edgewood
- Black Diamond Farm, Trumansburg
- Apple Castle, New Wilmington
- Indian Cave Orchards, New Market
- Heritage Fruits Society, Fairfield