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Swaar apple

Swaar is thought to have been raised by Dutch settlers in the Hudson River valley in the late 18th century.

The apples are quite large, often with considerable russeting ocer a pale green skin.

The flesh is creamy white, and firm rather than crisp. The flavor is good for such an old variety, sweet and aromatic, sweetening in storage.

Swaar is a good variety for attracting deer as the apples stay on the tree into winter.

USDA identification images for Swaar

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.

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    2020 season

    • 18th April  2020  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

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    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Originates from: Esopus, New York, United States
    • Introduced: Before 1770
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1948-180


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
    • Fruit colour: Green
    • Fruit size: Large


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
    • Flavour style (apples): Aromatic
    • Food uses: Eating fresh


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Swaar:

    United States


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