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Fireside apple

Large conical fruit. Green skin with scarlet stripes and sometimes a mottled orange flush. Crisp, sweet, juicy greenish white to yellow flesh. Excellent eating apple.

Fireside identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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Visitor reviews

  • 28 Apr 2019  Cal,  WI, United States
    Our 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.Com,  NY, United States
    I 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  Cary,  United States
    I 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 Lewis,  MO, United States
    Our 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  Laurie,  MN, United States
    I love this apple. It makes wonderful pie because it holds its' slice
  • 19 Oct 2014  Brian,  MINNESOTA, United States
    This apple is better than the famed Honeycrisp apple. I am currently looking for trees to plant at my house.
  • 27 Sep 2014  Jon,  CT, United States
    I 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  JSchreiber,  MN, United States
    We'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  Lee,  MN, United States
    This 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 Nowicki,  WISCONSIN, United States
    My 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 Silver,  MN / ANOKA, United States
    My 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.

Tree register

United States


Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • May  2014  - tree owned by JSchreiber in West Concord, United States

2013 season

  • 21st May  2013  - tree owned by Jeff in Elko, United States
  • 4th May  2013  - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States

2010 season

  • 17th May  2010  - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States

2009 season

  • 28th May  2009  - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States

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Harvest records for this variety

2013 season

  • 1st week October  2013  - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States

2010 season

  • 2nd week September  2010  - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States

2009 season

  • 3rd week September  2009  - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: McIntosh x Longfield
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1917
  • Developed by: Charles Haralson, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1691
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1951-061


  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

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