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Chenango Strawberry apple

Medium to large fruit smooth, yellowish or greenish-white skin striped with crimson. Flesh juicy, mildly subacid, aromatic with a hint of strawberries. Skin smooth and tough. Pick when skin starts to turn milky.

Chenango Strawberry identification photos

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Visitor reviews

  • 04 Jun 2019  Mike,  ME, United States
    We've had CS here for a couple of decades now. It's a favorite at the market at which we sell--early, lovely, unusual, tasty. The problems people mention are easily managed through timely captan sprays. They also MUST be harvested at the "milky" stage: it you let them ripen on the tree, they're gone. Finally, refrigerate immediately. Our Chenangos never go into sauce: they get eaten too quickly.
  • 27 Aug 2018  Chad,  PA, United States
    We have 1/2 of a tree grafted with this apple that is +60 yrs old. Yes, it is a very fussy apple, only good for sauce and eating with a soft, smooth texture. But we can start harvest of ours in late July-early Aug and must pick every few days to get them before rotting on the tree. It does not keep well even in refrigeration.
  • 07 Aug 2016  Scottmartin49@Hotmail.Com,  NEW YORK, United States
    Best tasting apple for hand eating I've ever had, but the skins can be leathery and tannic on fruit from poorly cared for trees. The trees themselves are delicate and fussy, but a fresh, well grown apple from one is a genuinely eye-opening experience.
  • 04 Sep 2015  Cameron,  CHENANGO COUNTY, NEW YORK, United States
    The best apple for pie! It is very tender and never tough or undercooked. Yes, they mumify on the tree, but are worth the attractive fruit so prized.
  • 04 Sep 2015  Dennis,  DARKE, OH, United States
    I would agree that this apple would not rate high if it were not for the use as a sauce apple. The soft texture tends toward smooth sauce of good flavor. Ripens over long period so need to pick over tree numerous times. I like it better than transparent for sauce
  • 02 Aug 2015  John,  WISCONSIN, United States
    These trees are not worth the hassle. They have are average tasting (there is a sharpness to them), and are a pain to harvest. These apples will rot and mummify on the tree before they are ripe so must be picked early, but also don't last. Still trying to get a decent crop.

Tree register

United States


Spring blossom records for this variety

2016 season

  • June  2016  - tree owned by B. in Searsmont, United States

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Harvest records for this variety

2019 season

  • 1st week August  2019  - tree owned by Dennis in Bradford, United States

2017 season

  • 1st week August  2017  - tree owned by Dennis in Bradford, United States

2016 season

  • September  2016  - tree owned by B. in Searsmont, United States
  • 4th week July  2016  - tree owned by Dennis in Bradford, United States

2013 season

  • 2nd week August  2013  - tree owned by Dennis in Bradford, United States


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: New York, United States
  • Introduced: 1854 and earlier
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1652
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1952-115


  • Flesh colour: White
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit size: Variable
  • Fruit shape: Conical
  • Fruit shape: Long-conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong-conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Strawberry / raspberry
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: 1 week


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Average
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849


  • Scab  - Some susceptibility
  • Mildew  - Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight  - Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust  - Some resistance

Where to buy fresh fruit

United States


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