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Dog's Snout apple

Dog's Snout is an old-fashioned cooking apple that was once popular in the county of Yorkshire.  It has an unusual shape, rather like a quince, and said to resemble a dog's snout.

The flavour is one-dimensional and mildly acidic.  The flesh is soft, and the skin soon turns greasy.  The Victorian author Hogg considered it "second-rate", but also noted the passing resemblance to Keswick Codlin.

Dog's Snout is a good example of a regional culinary apple that rapidly fell out of favour as better transport links in the 19th century brought access to bigger and better varieties.

USDA identification images for Dog's Snout

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.

    See also

    • Keswick Codlin - Dog's Snout has some visual similarity with Keswick Codlin.

    Visitor reviews

    • 13 Oct 2022 
      We've grown this apple in North Yorkshire for 40 years. We've always eaten it as a dessert apple once the skin has turned pale yellowy green. Not the most flalvoursome but pleasant.
    • 26 Sep 2013  United Kingdom
      We were sold a half-bucket of locally-grown "Keswick" apples for 50p on a visit to Tissington Derbyshire but what we got looked uglier and greener than the Keswick photo - Dog's Snout is maybe descriptive! Smallish fruit with, when cooked, an excellent sharp flavour, firm chunky texture and very definite pale green colour . Very fast browning when peeled.

    Tree register

    United Kingdom


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Originates from: Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 19th century


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Fruit colour: Green


    • Flavour quality: Average
    • Flavour style (apples): Sharper
    • Food uses: Culinary


    • Flowering group: 2
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

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