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Arlet apple

Arlet is a modern Golden Delicious-style apple, developed in Switzerland.  It was patented in 1989, but the original cross between Golden Delicious (seed parent) and Idared was carried out in the 1950s.  In appearance it more closely resembles Idared, with a yellow skin color overlaid with large areas of red.  The flavor is pleasant and juicy, reasonably well balanced between sharp and sweet, but essentially mild.

Arlet was grown commercially on a limited scale in the 1970s, but is now primarily grown by gardeners.  It is probably more popular in the USA than Europe, and is known as Swiss Gourmet.

It ripens in early September, and keeps well - not surprising given that both Golden Delicious and Idared are noted for being long keepers.

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Visitor reviews

  • 01 Oct 2019  Christophe,  PA, United States
    My favorite mid-season snacking apple. Rather sweet, but with a hint of tartness and an interesting complexity of flavor. Also, rather crunchy.
  • 25 Sep 2018  Rob,  OHIO, United States
    I always get some of these every September. Definitely sweet and mild, but the mildness allows you to taste a subtle spicy complexity. This year I'm not tasting much complexity, which may be due to a very wet summer here in Ohio. Still a pleasant apple to eat out of hand.
  • 12 Sep 2014  Dave Liezen,  WASHINGTON, United States
    Nice size, nice color, nice flavor - if you prefer sweet over all else, which is why I give it three stars only. For my home orchard, this is not a candidate: although reports say it has the moderate vigor of Golden Delicious, it also has GD's vulnerability to scab, mildew and cedar apple rust. For a sweet apple, look into Beacon and Macoun (easy to manage and interesting aromas); for sweet/tart and flavor, look into Lord Lambourne, one of the best apples for the back yard you can find.
  • 26 Jan 2013  Ed,  WASHINGTON, United States
    Very nice apple. Slightly more sweet than tart, but overall, pretty good balance. Nice looking apple as well. I wouldn't hesitate to buy more just for eating.
  • 01 Jan 2010  Orange Pippin,  United Kingdom
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Tree register

United States


Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • 5th May  2012  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Golden Delicious x Idared
  • Originates from: Switzerland
  • Introduced: 1958
  • Developed by: Bernhard Krapf at the Swiss Federal Research Station, Wadenswill.
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1226
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1994-040


  • Fruit colour: Red


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Harvest period: Mid season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3 Not confirmed.
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Precocity: Precocious

Also known as

  • Swiss Gourmet

Parents and other ancestors of this variety


  • Scab  - Some susceptibility
  • Mildew  - Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust  - Very susceptible

Where to buy trees

The following tree nurseries offer Arlet apple trees for sale:

Where to buy fresh fruit

United States



  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as highly susceptible - control always needed where CAR is prevalent.
  • Apples for the 21st Century
    Author: Manhart

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