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Stirling Castle apple

Stirling Castle is a large green/yellow Scottish cooking apple, with a good flavour, raised near the town of Stirling in the 1830s by John Christie.

The variety became quite popular, and was rated by the Victorian writer Hogg as "an excellent early culinary apple, in use in August and September".  Hogg also noted the tree to be "an immense bearer" and commented on its similarity to Hawthornden, another popular Scottish culinary apple variety already in use at the time.  It is possible that Stirling Castle is related to Hawthornden.

It remains a popular garden apple variety in the UK and tolerates damp climates.

Stirling Castle identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
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Visitor reviews

  • 21 Sep 2012  Church, William,  HERTFORD, United Kingdom
    we inherited a stirling castle, planted in 1948, and it still bears prodigiously. benefits from thinning or fruit is small. pick in september and it only keeps for about 6 weeks. a good frothy cooker.
  • 01 Jan 2010  Orange Pippin,  United Kingdom
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  • May  2009  - tree owned by Sally in Richmond, United Kingdom

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1830s
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1244
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2000-090


  • Bultitude apple group: 1. Green, smooth, no russet, acidic, culinary


  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849


  • Scab  - Very resistant
  • Mildew  - Some susceptibility

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  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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