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PristineTM apple

Beautiful lemon-yellow apple with a perfect finish. This high quality apple is very productive and is a good keeper for an early apple.

USDA identification images for Pristine

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

    • 18 Jan 2019  ST. CATHARINES, Canada
      Not sure if this is the variety I'm looking for....i answered most of the questions on the Apple website but this picture isn't like the apple I tried. My apple wasn't as round, it was similar in shape to the Delicious variety (without the bumps). Also I found it just sweet, no tartness but admittedly my palate isn't the greatest. Wish I knew for sure because I don't even like apples and I absolutely loved this one and want to eat it daily!
    • 01 Aug 2018  MO, United States
      Great early apple. Full sized with good fruit set in a below average year for later apples. Granny Smith flavor two to three weeks prior to full ripening. Mellow with a hint of tartness at full ripening. Stores at room tempatures for two to three weeks. Makes excellent daily eater and applesause. “No spray” variety too.
    • 10 Aug 2015  MI, United States
      Wonderful tart, crisp, early apple. Very juicy and firm, with flavor and sweetness under the tartness. Tastes like it would make good applesauce and pie, but so far the ones I've bought haven't stayed around long enough; they all get eaten out of hand.
    • 19 Jul 2015  MI, United States
      Tried my first Pristine today July 18th, 2015 - off my own tree. Still green, seeds still white, but the flavor is there, quite "granny smith" like. Another couple of weeks, we'll see if it mellows a bit.
    • 23 Aug 2012  NY, United States
      Early season apple with a level of tartness to it. It has a pear type of flavor. Medium density flesh and a crispy citrus bite. Its different for an early season variety but just average in terms of flavor.
    • 27 Jul 2011  CALIFORNIA, SONOMA COUNTY, United States
      We have two Pristine trees and they are marvelous. They are the first tree to ripen, which is late July here in Alexander Valley.

    Tree register

    United States

    Canada

    • Clive Rose in SALT SPRING ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2014 season

    • 18th August  2014  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

    2012 season

    • 7th May  2012  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States

    2009 season

    • May  2009  - tree owned by Wynne in River Falls, United States

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2018 season

    • 4th week July  2018  - tree owned by Brooke in Madelia, United States

    2014 season

    • 2nd week August  2014  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

    2013 season

    • 2nd week August  2013  - tree owned by Mike in Cedar Rapids, United States

    2011 season

    • 3rd week July  2011  - tree owned by Ron in Orion, United States

    2009 season

    • August  2009  - tree owned by Wynne in River Falls, United States

    Origins

    • Species: Malus domestica
    • Parentage: Co Op 10 x Camuzat
    • Introduced: 1994
    • Developed by: PRI (Purdue, Rutgers, Illinois Co Op)

    Using

    • Picking season: Very early
    • Cropping: Good
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Food uses: Eating fresh

    Growing

    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Growth habit: Spreading / Flat-topped
    • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
    • Organic culture: Suitable

    Climate

    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Identification

    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Yellow

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Pristine:

    United States


    Canada




    References

    • 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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