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Twenty Ounce apple

Fruit very large, yellow-green flushed red-orange. Juicy, sweet flesh.

Twenty Ounce identification images

USDA identification images for Twenty Ounce

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

  • Year: 1913

  • Year: 1926

  • Year: 1915

  • Year: 1921

  • Year: 1913

Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Visitor reviews

  • 30 Dec 2018  GA, United States
    I grew up in Niagara County, NY with this apple. Yes, it is tart when eaten out-of-hand, but I love tart! It also makes excellent applesauce.
  • 19 Apr 2017  VT, United States
    Mrs L J Miller, Scott Farm in VT has these apples! If you're ever in the area, come pick some up! -Ali
  • 20 Sep 2015  OH, United States
    This is a terrific baking apple due to its lovely firm, tart, crisp flesh that holds up well to heat. It's a little tart for eating right out of hand, but this is the very best of all the baking apples. It's large size means less time spent peeling and coring, which is a plus as far as I'm concerned. Want an apple pie without the hassle of making pastry? BAKED APPLE: Half core a few, fill the void with butter, sugar, a pinch of salt, & dried fruit (if desired). Bake @ 350° until a paring knife slips in easily. You can even speed up the process by baking them in your microwave. Sooo quick & easy, and sooo delicious! NOTE TO THE ORCHARDS: If you have this 20 Ounce variety, please make it known via a Google search using the words: "20 Ounce baking apples" -- I would literally drive for hours to get a few bushels!

Tree register

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New Zealand


Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 13th October  2018  - tree owned by Bec in Coleraine, Australia

2017 season

  • October  2017  - tree owned by Bec in Coleraine, Australia

2012 season

  • May  2012  - tree owned by David in Buckhannon, United States

2011 season

  • May  2011  - tree owned by David in Buckhannon, United States
  • May  2011  - tree owned by Kris in Holden, United States

2010 season

  • May  2010  - tree owned by Kris in Holden, United States

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Harvest records for this variety

2010 season

  • 2nd week October  2010  - tree owned by Kris in Holden, United States


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Introduced: 1840s


  • Picking season: Late
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
  • Flavor style (apples): Honeyed
  • Food uses: Eating fresh
  • Food uses: Culinary
  • Food uses: Drying


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit size: Very large
  • Fruit size: Variable

Where to buy fresh fruit

The following orchards grow Twenty Ounce:

United States



  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as highly susceptible - control always needed where CAR is prevalent.
  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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