USDA identification images for Opalescent
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.
Offspring of this variety
- 30 Nov 2017 MaryIN, United StatesJust got to experience the Opal apple! It is such a delicious snack apple. Sweet, but not too sweet and just the right amount of tartness with a hint of floral and fruity. I've been getting into apple variety for the past few years and this apple has made my top 3.
- 03 Oct 2017 MariaNEW YORK, United StatesThin-skinned, juicy and delightfully flavorful, almost floral. A nice balance of sweet and tart. Just crisp enough.
- 08 Apr 2017 EdwardNSW, AustraliaIt is indeed a beautiful large apple. It has a good taste but, because of the rain at ripening time, it was not particularly sweet this year.
- 21 May 2015 Ingrid GottfriedWI/COLUMBIA, United StatesI bought this from JE Miller Nurseries years ago. About 5 years ago it began producing...lumpy green apples! Nothing like they're supposed to look. However, each year they taste better and better. The skin is yellowish and has spots of mildew on them. It is extremely fruitful and interestingly shaped.
- 06 Nov 2014 Adam BighamMichigan, United StatesThis apple is so good, and really beautiful too.
- 11 Sep 2013 Terence HudsonVICTORIA, Australia
- 16 Mar 2012 Brian BakerMAINE, United StatesMost years FEDCO of Maine sells Opalescent apple trees
- 08 Nov 2010 MitchOREGON, United StatesRObin, this man, Ram Fishman sells opalescent apples. A real expert on apples, and fruit in general. http://www.greenmantlenursery.com/2008revision/fruit2008/antique-fruit2008.htm
- 06 Jul 2010 Robin King HuntTX, United StatesI grew up in Cayuga Co., NY and moved to Texas years ago-and have never been able to find opalescents anywhere. Picked them at an orchard as a kid-and loved them. Anyone willing to ship me some this fall? My whole family misses them!
- 03 Nov 2009 Bob TimmsWILMINGTON NC, United StatesWhen I was working in the Waldorph Cafeteria in Waterbury CT back in 1962 we served these Baked. It was a yearly big event to have these arrive. They are THE BEST apple for baking.
- 20 Sep 2009 HeatherMILLBURY,MA, United StatesKeown Orchard in Sutton, MA has opalescent apples for pick your own and also to be shipped anywhere in the US. Just wanted to let you know
- 26 Oct 2008 Frank J CroceSEATTLE WA, United StatesGrowing up in Connecticut, my Grandfather would "sneak" off and buy a huge basket of these beauties and would never divulge where he bought them. Now that he has passed on nobody in my family can find any place that sells them. If anyone knows where I can order some I'd be Extremely Grateful for the information, plus it would make my 92 year old Grandmother Very Happy and be flooded with cherished memories. Thank You all
- 04 Oct 2008 AdamARLINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS, United StatesI had one of these handsome apples for the first time last month. They are big and hearty in the hand but the flavor is complex with many delicate touches--hints of lilac and other floral notes. I wish I'd gotten more, but suppose will have to wait until next year. Theres a photo of Opalescent at http://adamapples.blogspot.com/2008/09/opalescent.html
- 01 Oct 2008 StevenNORTH SMITHFIELD, RI, United StatesWhat a great apple! i just bought my first sack at my neighbor's farmstand If you're looking for it, right now they have it at Goodwin's Farm on Rt104 at Rt 5 in North Smithfield, RI
- 30 Sep 2008 MariaNEW JERSEY, United StatesI used to be able to pick these apples right from the trees in an orchard near where I grew up in Bergen County. Up until a couple of years ago, I was able to find them at some of the local farmstands. I have not found them since and would LOVE it if someone could tell me where I might find them. They are absolutely the BEST apples I have ever, ever tasted and I am sad to think that I might not ever have another. My friend and I always search for them but between the two of us, we haven't found any the last two seasons. If anyone can help it would be very much appreciated.
- 16 Aug 2008 PaulineNORTHWEST INDIANA, , United StatesI came across the Opalescent Apple at the farmer's markets of Rhode Island when I lived there in the late 1980s-early 1990s. The first one I ate was amazing. After reading the comments, I remember that they were pretty big apples. But the taste was something to remember. I think I remember the growers telling me that they do not travel well. I thought it was strictly local fruit and I am very happy to hear that it exists.
- 04 Nov 2007 TomUnited KingdomHi in 2002 our “Heritage Fruits Group” voted Opalescent the best looking apple in our heritage apple collection at “Petty’s Orchard” in Victoria, Australia. We found the taste to be superb due to its ripeness, but it held poorly off the tree for the same reason since then we have picked it earlier and it is on our top 6 apples we recommend at our yearly grafting days.
- 03 Aug 2007 TomUnited KingdomI have eaten and greatly enjoyed this apple – I can’t get it anymore, since I have moved away from New England to Ontario, Canada. Its flavour reminds me of Mutsu/Crispin. It is the largest apple I have ever seen…the first year I got them, the average circumference was 12-14"!! I have used it fresh (for eating) and have dehydrated it. I found it to brown fairly slowly, so it produced attractive dried apple rings, without addition of citric/ascorbic acid. I believe I made frozen pie filling with it as well.
- Jean Lippett in Martock, SOMERSET
Spring blossom records for this variety
- Species: Malus domestica - Apple
- Parentage: Unknown
- Originates from: United States
- Introduced: 1880s
- UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1927-028
- Country of origin: United States
- Fruit size: Average
- Fruit size: Large
- Fruit size: Very large
- Picking season: Late
- Flowering group: 3
- Ploidy: Diploid
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
Where to buy fresh fruit
The following orchards grow Opalescent:
- Brook Farm Orchard, Ashfield
- Christmas Cove Farm, Northport *** Feature Orchard ***
- Old Ciderpress Farm, Westmoreland
- Pochuck Valley Farms Market and deli, Glenwood
- Door Creek Orchard, Cottage Grove
- Petty's Orchard, Templestowe
- Apples of England (1948)