All about apples, pears, plums, and cherries - and orchards where they are grown

SmittenTM apple

Smitten is a modern apple variety, developed in New Zealand, but closely related to some popular modern English varieties - Fiesta and Falstaff, as well as Gala and Braeburn.

The flesh is a yellow-cream color, fairly dense, with a crisp texture and moderately juicy. The flavor is sweet but with some acidity. We rate it as pleasant but not outstanding.

The skin is slightly greasy, but with a pleasant odour.

Given its parentage it is not surprising it has good keeping qualities - Fiesta, Gala, and Braeburn all store very well.

Smitten is the trademark, the cultivar name is PremA17.

Visitor reviews

  • 23 Apr 2021  John,  LUDLOW, United Kingdom
    Really tough flesh makes it hard work to eat. Hardly any taste, but sticky sweet. Ghastly!
  • 28 Nov 2020  Robbroccoli,  OHIO, United States
    Agree with the notes: crisp, sweet, not much character otherwise. Fine for eating out of hand. Not sure why we needed this variety, as it's little different from Honeycrisp.
  • 28 Sep 2020  Sugi,  CA, United States
    Fuji had been my favorite for a long, long time till I found Smitten only recently. Solid variety all around.
  • 15 Mar 2019  Sherry,  WI, United States
    Smitten-Crisp, juicy, sweet and slightly tart apple that really delivers on flavor. The smitten apple owns its name. I was smitten by the first bite. After two apples a day for the last three months I can swear I've never gotten a bad one!
  • 27 Jan 2019  Sal,  MI, United States
    I find I get bored with any type of apple after awhile. I purchased these organic apples when my Pink Lady apples where not available. I was impressed at that time and still am smitten for this apple. I purposely go to a different store just to get this brand.
  • 07 Jan 2019  Grace,  United States
    The most delicious apple I ever had!
  • 03 Dec 2017  Nicole,  GA, United States
    Superb. If you like fuji-types, you'll like this
  • 02 Nov 2017  John Weber,  PA, United States
    Tastes like a brighter, slightly crisper honeycrisp to me. A superlative apple for eating fresh.

Tree register

We don't have any registered trees for this variety yet.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Falstaff X Fiesta sibling and Braeburn X Royal Gala
  • Originates from: New Zealand
  • Introduced: 1995
  • Developed by: Plant & Food Research
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 4447


  • Fruit colour: Red / Orange flush
  • Fruit size: Medium


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

Where to buy fresh fruit

United States

©2019 Orange Pippin Ltd. All rights reserved.

You may not reproduce any of the content of this website without our express permission.
We do not accept any liability for loss or damage incurred as a result of any errors in the content of this website.