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Fireside apple

Malus domestica
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.

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.

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 28 Apr 2019  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  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  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  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  MN, United States
      I love this apple. It makes wonderful pie because it holds its' slice
    • 19 Oct 2014  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  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  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  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  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  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 - 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

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    United States

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