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Sans Pareil apple

Sans Pareil or Sanspareil (meaning "without equal) is an old English apple variety with a good flavour for eating fresh or for cooking.  It continues to have a small following amongst English gardeners as a heavy-cropping late-season variety with excellent resistance to the common diseases of apples and very good keeping qualities.  It is at its best if picked green and stored for a period.

Visitor reviews

  • 18 Oct 2010  Phillipa Stupples,  DERBYSHIRE, United Kingdom
    Great to see this fabulous apple listed on your site. It was my favourite apple in my grandfather's orchard in Hertfordshire when I was a child. I always used to help him pick it as I was lighter to go up the higher bracnches. I would eat as many as he would let me. We used to store it, the skin would go quite greasy and later wrinkly but they we were still delicious near Christmas! 30 years later, I have located a supplier in Kent to put in my own orchard in Derbyshire so I can pick them with my own children and grandchildren! Do not underestimate this apple. I have forgotten the name of many others in the orchard but never this one. Seek one out and try it - it is an absolute delight.

Tree register

United Kingdom

Spring blossom records for this variety

2013 season

  • 22nd May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: United Kingdom
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1562
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1957-226


  • Fruit colour: Red / Green


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates


  • Canker  - Some resistance
  • Scab  - Some resistance
  • Mildew  - Some resistance

Where to buy fresh fruit

No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.


  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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