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Prima apple

Medium to large fruit with dark red blush over yellow. Juicy white flesh with mild subacid flavor.

USDA identification images for Prima

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

    Visitor reviews

    • 27 Sep 2012  OREGON/MULTNOMAH, United States
      This apple is described as an 'excellent dessert apple'. It shines best I think in pie and apple sauce (if that is what they mean by dessert) but is just an ok eating apple in my estimation. Doesn't keep very well, but is very robust, productive and disease resistant. Has a tendency to bear biannually. Makes pretty good cider too, a good disease resistant cultivar choice for a small orchard.

    Tree register

    New Zealand


    Harvest records for this variety

    2013 season

    • February  2013  - tree owned by Katrina in Nelson, New Zealand


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: PRI 14-510 x NJ 123249
    • Originates from: United States
    • Introduced: 1970
    • Developed by: PRI (Purdue, Rutgers, Illinois Co Op)
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1972-019


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Flesh colour: White
    • Fruit size: Average
    • Fruit size: Large
    • Fruit shape: Round
    • Fruit shape: Conical
    • Fruit size: Variable


    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Drying


    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Prima:

    United States



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

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