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Criterion apple

Larger fruit with dark red skin underlaid with stripes. Crisp pure white flesh resists browning when cut. Tart tangy flavor. Dessert quality. Excellent for eating out of hand, cooking, and cider.

USDA identification images for Criterion

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

    • 25 Oct 2013  NEW YORK, United States
      Great tasting apple! Browns quickly when eaten fresh. The tree has been in the ground for 7 years and this is the first year I have decent apples.Lots of sooty blush and flyspec this year
    • 14 Jan 2013  NY, United States
      pretty apple, excellent taste

    Tree register

    United States

    New Zealand

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2009 season

    • 18th May  2009  - tree owned by Jeanne in Kalkaska, United States

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2013 season

    • 2nd week April  2013  - tree owned by Katrina in Nelson, New Zealand

    2009 season

    • 3rd week August  2009  - tree owned by Jeanne in Kalkaska, United States


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: McIntosh x Ben Davis
    • Originates from: New York, United States
    • Developed by: New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, NY
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1976-077


    • Country of origin: United States

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