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.