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Crimson CrispTM apple

Small to medium. Very bright mid-range red over yellow. Extremely crisp. Very good, rich flavor. Sweet/sharp flavor, spicy. Originally known as Coop 39.

Visitor reviews

  • 23 Jan 2020  C. Campbell,  CALIFORNIA, United States
    This is my all-time favorite during its brief season. We get our apples from Prevedelli Farms, and I look forward to Crimson Crips all year.
  • 21 Dec 2019  Christy Lancaster,  FLORIDA, United States
    LOVE LOVE LOVE them!! Crisp firm & slightly sweet!! Finally found them on a trip recently in Iowa. Usually buy Fugi but this is our new fav. Hope to find them again soon.
  • 01 Nov 2019  Homer,  CA, United States
    Very beautiful red, tart, tannin with tannic taste of skin still left on the tongue. I won't be buying these but if your pallet is less on the sweet side and more to the tart/tannic then you may want to try it though I still prefer the Jazz apple in that category.
  • 25 Sep 2019  Matt,  MARYLAND, United States
    Just found this for the first time at a farmers market near me. Honeycrisp were my all time favorite, but I think the crisp texture along with being a *little* bit less sweet than honeycrisps May put these out on top
  • 24 Oct 2018  Leslie,  MI, United States
    I discovered Crimson Crisps two years ago while on a trip to Upstate New York. I fell in love with this apple, and it's my new favorite! We returned to NY earlier this month and I was able to buy more. They're a wonderful eating apple, and they keep extremely well. I live in Michigan and have recently learned a few orchards near me are starting to grow this variety, so I am hoping I'll start seeing them offered locally in the next couple years.
  • 10 Oct 2017  David,  United Kingdom
    Outstanding firm crisp texture and rich tart flavour. Doesn't quite have the complexity of a top-notch cox orange pippin but certainly one of the best available commercially grown apple varieties.
  • 28 Sep 2017  Coop,  PENNSYLVANIA, United States
    Update--I won't be buying this one again because the grower has priced it at $70 per bushel, with all other "normal" apple varieties priced at the regular $30 per bushel. Definitely NOT worth more than twice the price of any other apple, as it is a very small fruit (when you're peeling for pies it's a pain) and while the flavor was good, it's still not as good as Melrose or Winesap and it didn't keep as well.
  • 21 Sep 2017  Coop,  PENNSYLVANIA, United States
    Crunchy, juicy, flavor is complex sweet plus tart with somewhat metallic aftertaste. Great in pie but on the small side (more peeling and coring work).
  • 07 Oct 2016  Steven Husted,  PENNSYLVANIA, United States
    Bought these for the first time several weeks ago. They are fantastic.
  • 16 Sep 2016  Jessica,  NY, United States
    'Tis apple season! I purchased this lovely red apple from the Prospect Hill stand at the Friday Union Square Farmer's Market. I found it diamond hard and tart as a sour pucker.
  • 10 Oct 2015  Jennifer Quick,  PA, United States
    I love this apple! It has such a complex, rich flavor and is very, very crisp. Beats Honey Crisp hands down.
  • 29 Sep 2015  Kim Markworth,  WASHINGTON, DC, United States
    Met this apple last year and it was love at first bite. For years I've preferred Honey Crisp (like everybody by now), but it's over between us, Honey, you've been trumped by the Crimson! I think you tasting notes are right on. Just yesterday, after sharing Crimson Crisp with a friend (who loved it as well), I said it's like spiced cider in solid apple form. Such a beautiful red, and just as crisp as my former appley love, but even better texture and taste. Gotta have 'em! (They don't stick around long enough for me to comment on their shelf life.)
  • 21 Sep 2014  Jon,  CT, United States
    I tasted one yesterday and found it to be sweet and crisp. The color was very red.
  • 15 Mar 2014  Gil Schieber,  WASHINGTON, United States
    CC is very tasty crisp, hard, red, holds on the tree tight, even when fully ripe. Keeps into February crisp even at 40 deg garage, 1/2 flavor then, almost indistinct from Pixie Crunch. Excellent for espalier because of long holding , clear red and NO Scab
  • 24 Sep 2012  Jasmine,  United States
    My new favorite apple.
  • 07 Feb 2012  Ted S.,  PA, United States
    My tree of this variety sadly only produced one apple this year, but what an apple it was! I hope my tree will share many more of these crisp, sweet, slightly tart, juicy delights with me the coming season. This apple has an outstanding texture.

Tree register

United States

United Kingdom


  • Hayden in Winslow, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Spring blossom records for this variety

2016 season

  • April  2016  - tree owned by Brian in Capron, United States

2014 season

  • 15th April  2014  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

2013 season

  • 18th May  2013  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom
  • 18th April  2013  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

2012 season

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

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Harvest records for this variety

2016 season

  • September  2016  - tree owned by Brian in Capron, United States

2014 season

  • 3rd week October  2014  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1995
  • Developed by: Rutgers Fruit Research and Development Center
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1664


  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999

Parents and other ancestors of this variety


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

Where to buy fresh fruit

United States

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