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Nittany apple

Crisp, juicy yellow flesh tart apple, 3 to 3.25 inches in diameter. About 50 to 90% of the surface is covered with a dull red color. Shape is truncate to conical. Good eaten fresh but also good choice for a cooking apple as it holds its shape when cooked.

USDA identification images for Nittany

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Nittany

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

  • 26 Oct 2020  PENNSYLVANIA, United States
    Our favorite apple. Mild, almost golden delicious taste with tart edge, always crisp. They keep till February for us -- they just get wrinkled, never mealy. We drive to Adams County, PA, every year to buy a bushel.
  • 12 Oct 2016  VA, United States
    This is my favorite eating apple and a treat that I look forward to every October as they are not readily available. I travel to the Va. Farm Market near Winchester, VA to buy them. This year I purchased a large bag to enjoy since the staff tells me they keep for up to 2 months in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. I hope so. :)
  • 06 Dec 2013  PA, United States
    I was introduced to the Nittany apples three years ago. They have now become my favorite !!! The taste and the feel is the best quality I've ever had.
  • 08 Nov 2013  PA, United States
    Probably one of the crispest, juiciest apples I've ever eaten. My new favorite. Can't wait to try it in an apple pie.

Tree register

United States


  • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
  • Parentage: York Imperial x Golden Delicious
  • Originates from: United States
  • Developed by: Penn State University


  • Country of origin: United States


  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Food uses: Eating fresh
  • Food uses: Culinary

Where to buy fresh fruit

The following orchards grow Nittany:

United States

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