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Northwestern Greening apple

Beneath its tough skin the greenish yellow flesh is firm, juicy and mildly tart. Best when cooked into sauce or made into pies as it does not rate high for fresh eating.

USDA identification images for Northwestern Greening

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

  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Northwestern Greening
  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Northwestern Greening
  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Northwestern Greening

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

Offspring of this variety

Visitor reviews

  • 14 Oct 2018  MN/BENTON, United States
    Planted my NW Greening Apple tree years ago and love it. It's very late to full ripen. Great for baking and I love to steam and freeze to add to oatmeal over the winter. I find the raw apples have a hint of pear.
  • 11 Dec 2016  MINNESOTA, United States
    The perfect pie apple. Not too much juice, great flavor, holds shape well!
  • 11 Aug 2014  WISCONSIN, United States
    Is about the only apple I care to eat, great for stuffing into pockets and eating during deer season. when harvested and kept in rootceller or frig wrapped in paper I am still eating a nice looking, great tasting apple in May, if I haven't eaten them all up already.
  • 13 Oct 2013  WASHINGTON, United States
    I just had my first taste of NW Greening (12 Oct. '13) in E. WA, and found it surprisingly good eaten in hand. Something about our basalt/sandy soil and dry summers that brings out the best in this and another Wisconsin apple, Wolf River? I look forward to using these massive apples in the kitchen.
  • 12 Dec 2012  WI, United States
    Very large fruited green-yellow skinned apple that is extremely cold hardy and excellent for cooking. Has a unique flavor. Very poular in western WI and Minnesota.

Tree register

United States

Harvest records for this variety

2020 season

  • 1st week August  2020  - tree owned by Mike in Alexandria, United States


  • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
  • Parentage: Golden Russet x Alexander
  • Originates from: Wisconsin, United States
  • Introduced: 1872


  • Country of origin: United States

Where to buy fresh fruit

The following orchards grow Northwestern Greening:

United States


  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as susceptible - control usually needed where CAR is prevalent.

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