Fireside appleMalus domestica
USDA identification images for Fireside
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.
- 28 Apr 2019 CalWI, United StatesOur Fireside produced many sweet sugary apples (great for pies, juice, sauce and dehydrated snacks) for the last 50 plus years since my parents bought our farm in 66 and it was a old timer then already. Last year was its last year after a terrible wind storm. We were all saddened by its' demise. But Good news, a few good buds survived and this spring I was able to successfully whip graft on to two rootstock trees. Both trees are doing well and we look forward to Firesides once again. This tree should be in every apple lovers yard.
- 21 Jun 2018 Khashline@Gmail.ComNEW YORK, United StatesI grafted this cultivar this past spring ( 2018 ) and it's showing signs of life, really do hope it's going to heal up the union and become a beautiful fruiting tree. It's siblings i.e. ( Honeycrisp and Zestar ) from the University of Minnesota are outstanding flavor filled apples so I'm definitely looking forward to sampling the Fireside.
- 06 Jan 2017 CaryUnited StatesI grew up in Apple Valley Mn. in the 70's and 80's and the block we grew up on was named after apple trees. We lived on Fireside Dr. and each house had a Fireside apple tree. The memories of going out in the fall and pick your own apple, they were delicious!!
- 14 Sep 2016 Randy LewisMO, United StatesOur all-time most favorite apple. My wife's grandfather had an orchard in Buffalo, IA and he used to win the Iowa state fair with this variety back in the 70's.
- 11 Nov 2014 LaurieMN, United StatesI love this apple. It makes wonderful pie because it holds its' slice
- 19 Oct 2014 BrianMINNESOTA, United StatesThis apple is better than the famed Honeycrisp apple. I am currently looking for trees to plant at my house.
- 27 Sep 2014 JonCT, United StatesI used to work as an apple picker in Minnesota and remember that Fireside apples had a sort of oily or waxy feel to them. They were a late season apple.
- 20 Sep 2014 JSchreiberMN, United StatesWe've had a fireside tree for years now and it produces a large crop each year. After the first frost they get much sweeter and make a great base apple for apple sauce (often mix with some Haralson).
- 14 Oct 2013 LeeMN, United StatesThis is a great apple! We have two trees. One trick is to have them stay on the tree long enough to sweeten at the first frost. That seems to really bless them with great flavor.
- 13 Feb 2013 David NowickiWISCONSIN, United StatesMy grandfather had large apple orchard with many varieties, and most people agreed with me that the Fireside apple was the best. Yet, it is almost impossible to find, many growers swear there is no such apple called Fireside. (The Fools!)
- 28 Sep 2012 Tom SilverMN / ANOKA, United StatesMy favorite. I've enjoyed this apple every fall for over 35 years and I start calling orchards by late September to find out the picking schedule.
- Aaron Millis in HELENA, MT
- Albany Appleguy in Castleton, NY
- Andy Bronson in Moorhead, MN
- Bcarp001@Yahoo.Com in PINE CITY, MN
- Cody Warren in Rochester, WASHINGTON
- Colleen Dodge in Crystal Lake, IL
- Gina Colver in EPHRATA, WASHINGTON
- Herdie Baisden in STOCKHOLM, WI
- Jason in WEST OLIVE, MICHIGAN
- Jeff Will in Elko, MN / SCOTT
- JSchreiber in West Concord, MN
- Kim Lapacek in Poynette, WI
- Kurt in Ladysmith, WI - WISCONSIN
- Matt in Emmett, MI
- Matt in New London, MN
- Nathan Parker in Mount Shasta, CA
- Nick in Scandia, MINNESOTA
- Rob Fosnaugh in Fort Wayne, INDIANA
- Rory Mcgregor in Mapleton,, MN
- Roy in WAUSAU, WISCONSIN
- Roy Heil in Blaine, MN
- Ryan Esparza in Somerset, WI
- Shirley Morelli in Northport, WA
- Stacey La Plount in Owatonna, MN
- Tammy Elkin in Young America, MINNESOTA
- Tammy Elkin in Young America, MINNESOTA
Spring blossom records for this variety
- May 2014 - tree owned by JSchreiber in West Concord, United States
- 21st May 2013 - tree owned by Jeff in Elko, United States
- 4th May 2013 - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States
- 17th May 2010 - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States
- 28th May 2009 - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States
Harvest records for this variety
- Species: Malus domestica - Apple
- Parentage: Wealthy x Northwest Greening
- Originates from: United States
- Introduced: 1943
- Developed by: Charles Haralson, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station
- UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1951-061
- Country of origin: United States
- Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
- Developer: University of Minnesota
- Picking season: Late
- Flowering group: 3
Where to buy fresh fruit
The following orchards grow Fireside:
- BYU-Idaho Apple Orchard Museum, Rexburg
- Tiny Orchards, Saco
- Brook Farm Orchard, Ashfield
- Aamodt's Apple Farm and Bakery, Stillwater
- Apple Jack Orchards, Delano
- Big Woods Orchard, Winona
- Cider Flats Apple Orchard, Hinckley
- Dayton Avenue Orchard, Adrian
- Fireside Orchard and Gardens, Northfield
- Fischer's Croix Farm Orchard, Hastings
- Hidden Cove Orchard, Cold Spring
- Madden's Orchard, Waterville
- Minnesota Harvest, Jordan
- Montgomery Orchards, Montgomery
- Nelson's Apple Farm, Webster
- Novak's Orchards, LLC, Woodbury
- Nystrom Orchard, Worthington
- Ranum’s West Lake Mary Orchards, Alexandria
- Sekapp Orchard, Rochester
- Sogn Valley Orchard, Dennison
- Southwind Orchards, Dakota
- Sweetland Orchard, Webster
- Two Fruit's Fruits, Hinckley
- Woods' Edge Apples, Buffalo
- Boja Farm, Bridger