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Shizuka apple

Same parentage as Mutsu (Crispin). Large. Yellow with red-orange blush. Sweeter with less acid than Mutsu (not necessarily preferable), but excellent flavor.

Visitor reviews

  • 19 Mar 2019  Olivia,  NY, United States
    Along with Mutsu and Gold Rush, this is my favorite apple variety. Tend to be huge, at least where we buy them.
  • 15 Nov 2018  Naomi Taylor,  United States
    Just discovered this variety of apples, and it is absolutely my new favorite. Why aren't they sold in grocery stores?
  • 06 Oct 2017  Bev Rindler,  MI, United States
    Tried this for the first time - both fresh eating, and for applesauce. Delicious! I love a firm apple! We don't add sugar to applesauce and these have just the right sweetness by themselves! I'm sold!!
  • 17 Mar 2016  Christine,  SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY, United States
    I tried this for the first time last Autumn at Harbes Farm in Riverhead. The flavor was totally unique to me with no acidity but not overly sweet with a velvety texture. This was a favorite for our family and we'll definitely return to get more this year. We got 6 huge 4" diameter apples for $8 which is a bargain compared to supermarket apples.
  • 20 Oct 2015  Jenn,  MASSACHUSETTS, United States
    Went apple picking at Smolak Farms in Massachusetts and spotted a row of what I thought were Golden Delicious. Finally came across the sign that said they were Shizuka which I'd never heard of. They were just as delicious as the Goldens and I'd definitely pick them again.
  • 12 Oct 2015  Jim Deluca,  IL, United States
    This is one of the juiciest and sweetest apple I have ever tried. Perfectly crisp.
  • 29 Sep 2012  Janet,  MD, United States
    We tried this apple for the first time today at a farmer's market. My husband & I both enjoyed it! The farmer gave us a whole apple for a sample and we ended up buying a 1/4 peck!
  • 12 Sep 2012  Iris Tower,  NY, United States
    we have a couple of rows of Shizuka - they always get good flavor reviews.
  • 20 Oct 2011  Elle,  United States
    I tried this for the first time today and like John said, it's one of the best apple varieties I've ever tasted! I usually go for red apples, specifically Galas, but this definitely gives them a run for their money!
  • 17 Oct 2011  John Davis,  TINLEY PARK, United States
    We recently went apple picking and the farm had some of this variety. Since none of us had heard of it before, of course we had to try them. They were some of the best apples any of us have every had. Why you never see these in the stores surprises me.

Tree register

United States


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Golden Delicious x Indo
  • Originates from: Japan
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1908


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Large
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

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Where to buy fresh fruit

United States


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