Red Astrachan apple
USDA identification images for Red Astrachan
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.
- 29 Mar 2020 Gary BletschWASHINGTON, United StatesThe Astrakhan variety of apple figures prominently in "The Emigrants" series of novels by Vilhelm Moberg. These books tell the story of farmers who emigrated to Minnesota from Sweden. The wife of the main character misses the apples, so her husband arranges for seeds to be sent to their farm from family in Sweden.
- 07 Sep 2019 ValeriaNH, United StatesIn the South of Russia there is a city called Astrakhan. That's where the Apple tree comes from. There is another Apple tree, which is called White Astrakhan. It was widespread in America a century ago. It's rare now. White Astrakhan in the past was very famous in Russia. It is an Apple that is often described in fairy tales as an Apple for a Princess-"nalivnoe yablochko :)) on a gold plate"
- 05 Dec 2015 Teresa ColbyCanadaI have grown an Red Astrachan for two decades. The summer of 2015 fruit was ripe before the end of July here on a south slope on Vancouver Island. Picked from the tree: red, sweet and still crisp, these are an early season treat. Then quickly, only apple sauce is an option.
- 29 Sep 2015 Lis Van BerkelNOVA SCOTIA, CanadaI believe we have an old Astrachan apple trees on the North Mountain, including two on our acre of land. They are wonderful apples, but more green than red — tart and crisp, but ours get wormy before they really ripen. But I still eat around the spots and make the best apple sauce.
- 06 Sep 2015 Bobbie BoyerPA, United StatesI grew up in western PA and our old farmhouse came with a very old orchard of several different apple varieties. My favorites were Astrachan-- but I have never seen the name written until your website. As I remember those our family called Astrachan were very beautifully striped and not mostly solid red as in your picture. Otherwise description is fairly accurate as I remember. Are there other varieties of Astrachan?
- 27 Aug 2015 Judy JahnsIL, United StatesI believe this is the apple tree we have on our farm. I have old pictures (pre-1940) that show this tree.
- 23 Oct 2013 TrudiMAINE/LINCOLN, United StatesWhen I was growing up, my family owned a wonderful apple orchard. We had mostly Macs, Delicicious, Gravensteins. Also had Wolf River, Russets, so-called Strawberry apple. Just a few Red Astrachans which were my absolute favorite. Have not had a bite of one for years and miss that experience sorely! Will chase down the two listed sites that grow them here inMaine.
- Aaron Millis in HELENA, MT
- Alison Gardner in Albion, CALIFORNIA
- Barron in Stewartstown, PA
- Bill Martin in Bristol, TN
- Bill Martin in Bristol, TN
- Cheryl Micheletti in Shoreline, WA
- George Brereton in Woodland, WASHINGTON
- Gina Colver in EPHRATA, WASHINGTON
- James Nichols in La Luz, NEW MEXICO
- Jana in West Jordan, UTAH
- Joel Howie in Canton, NEW YORK
- Jon Shannon in Shaw Island, WA
- Judy Jahns in Hampshire, IL
- Kathy Donnell in Midway, UTAH/WASATCH
- Kathy Dunn in East Hartland, CT
- Leonard Burcham in Roanoke, VIRGINIA
- Melody in Hardwick, VERMONT
- Mike Van Beuren in Hartland, VT / WINDSOR
- Nathan Parker in Mount Shasta, CA
- Pennsylvania in Montrose, PA
- Rob in East Ryegate, VT
- Roger Miller in Madison Heights, VA
- Thomas Griffith in Cottage Grove, WI
- Tim Cheney in Walpole, ME/LINCOLN
- Richard in Krakow,
- Henrik Melsom Edvardsen in STAVANGER,
Spring blossom records for this variety
Harvest records for this variety
- 1st week October 2015 - tree owned by Melody in Hardwick, United States
- July 2015 - tree owned by Roger in Madison Heights, United States
- 3rd week July 2013 - tree owned by Alison in Albion, United States
- 2nd week August 2011 - tree owned by Pennsylvania in Montrose, United States
- Species: Malus domestica - Apple
- Originates from: Russia
- Introduced: Early 1800s
- UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1999-084
- Country of origin: Russia
- Flesh colour: White
- Fruit size: Small
- Fruit size: Average
- Fruit shape: Round
- Fruit shape: Conical
- Fruit shape: Flat-round
- Fruit size: Variable
- Picking season: Very early
- Picking season: Early
- Flavour quality: Very good
- Flavour quality: Good
- Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
- Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
- Flavour style (apples): Aromatic
- Food uses: Eating fresh
- Food uses: Culinary
- Food uses: Drying
- Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
Where to buy fresh fruit
The following orchards grow Red Astrachan:
- Country Corners Farm, Griswold
- Wilson's Orchard, Iowa City
- Keown Orchard, Sutton
- Alber's Orchard & Cider Mill, Manchester
- Big Horse Creek Farm, Lansing
- Piper's Orchard, Seattle