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Ard Cairn Russet apple

An old apple variety from Ireland, with a flavor reminiscent of bananas.

USDA identification images for Ard Cairn Russet

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.

    Visitor reviews

    • 13 Oct 2022 
      Quite dense fleshed large apples. Sweet. interesting flavour No acid. Laborious to eat a whole one. Healthy tree. I just wish I'd planted something else.
    • 07 Sep 2022 
      Makes a excellent juice
    • 11 Sep 2013  GALWAY, Ireland
      I'd confirm the upright growth habit. We have one tree on MM111, which is 8 years old and fruiting for the previous 3 years, with light crops. It's supposed to be stored and at it's best in January, will put a few aside this year and see how sweet they get.
    • 15 Jul 2011  CAMBRIDGESHIRE, United Kingdom
      I've been growing this variety for a while, but unfortunately have lost two trees in the past due to the rootstock suffering from disease apparently brought with them from the nursery. I now have one doing well on MM111 rootstock. The tree has fairly good all-round disease resistance which should tolerate most growing regions. The tree forms very narrow branch angles which could make a very tall and narrow tree unless guided by good pruning in its early years. Recommended.
    • 01 Jan 2010  United Kingdom
      Starter post

    Tree register

    United Kingdom


    Harvest records for this variety

    2010 season

    • 3rd week September  2010  - tree owned by Ute in Kilfenora, Ireland


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Originates from: Ireland
    • Introduced: 19th century
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1905-004
    • 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.


    • Country of origin: Ireland


    • Flowering group: 4
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Slightly large
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

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    • Apples of England (1948)
      Author: Taylor

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