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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.

Pristine identification photos

  • Pristine
    Copyright: Orange Pippin

Visitor reviews

  • 18 Jan 2019  Rae Fuleki,  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  John,  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  Jane,  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  Jim,  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  Eric,  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  Renee And Joel Kiff,  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

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


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Co Op 10 x Camuzat
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1994
  • Developed by: PRI (Purdue, Rutgers, Illinois Co Op)
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1850


  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Gold
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit shape: Flat-round
  • Fruit shape: Short-round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Conical


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Flavour style: Sharp / refreshing
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Harvest period: Very early season
  • Use / keeping: 1 week


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999

Parents and other ancestors of this variety


  • Scab  - Very resistant
  • Mildew  - Some resistance
  • Fireblight  - Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust  - Some susceptibility

Where to buy fresh fruit

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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