Known as Mutsu in its native Japan and in the USA, Crispin looks like a large Golden Delicious and indeed one of its parents is Golden Delicious so it has that lovely sweet honeyed flavour. It cooks superbly too and the women picking them in our local orchard used to call them 'oven busters' - take a big one home and bake it and you have a feast for two - and you don't need many for a deep apple pie.
Crispin is one of a small of varieties which really is dual purpose - being both pleasant as a dessert apple albeit too large for 1 person and versatile in the kitchen. Have you tasted this variety? Do you agree or disagree with our tasting notes?
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Add your comments Visitor reviews. My new favorite apple over McCoun and Macs. Just bought a large bag from orchard near my camp on Lake Ontario upstate New York and wow had never heard of them before.
My friends at work all love them too so I know it's not just me. Can't wait for apple pie and cooked w pork loin recipe I found. Oh yeah apple sauce and dried slices too. We bought our home 3 yrs ago NHand there was a huge apple tree in the back yard. The owners said it was a Granny Smith - but the apples were much larger and a creamy yellow green and just before harvest some carried a soft blush.
Unlike the G. I finally found out today after taking time to research. Odd shaped not all are alike, most are large though. This tree is huge and incredible! No other apple tree on the lot. I Love it.
Makes delicious pies and apple crisp. Lots of little surface pits and imperfections though, but doesn't affect the taste.
We need to get better at treating the tree. This is my all-time favourite apple. The texture is firm and crisp and the flavour divine - reminiscent of the candy necklaces we'd get as children. You can't go wrong with this apple although it seems to be scarcer now in southwestern Ontario.
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After they sit for a week on the table they sweeten and I like them. We keep some in the refrigerator for my wife and others who like a more tart apple. Either way they are firm. This is my sister's and my favorite apple. Beyond the sweetness, it has a subtle refreshing flavor that is better than anything else we have had. This is a very sweet Apple.
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If you like your apples sweet, this is a great one to try. It's also larger and rounder than a Golden from my experience.
My favorite way to use it: It makes the best thin sliced Apple snacking chips. I slice them thin with a mandolin slicer and dehydrate them. A bushel shrinks down fast but yummy snacking chips which disappear fast too! There was a lot going on in his packed warehouse and all he mentioned amidst the bustle was 'those Japanese ones' over there. I was intrigued and brought a few home. When I tried one today it looked so much like a Granny Smith I was fully braced for a little whiplash so the surprise of crisp and light sweetness was truly delightful.
My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I dug in to a Google search to identify this baby.
Landed here. What a great little site this Orange Pippin is. Now I think I will have to go back for some more. These ones are in BC, Canada, just north of Washington state, the land of apples. I noticed a little spot or rust throughout. Possibly due to cool climate or organic farming methods.
Airy, Maryland. Crisp, a touch tart but sweet enough for eating. If I have any left, I will try them for cooking, but they are going fast! Being a triploid they are huge apples,but climate in Western GB not ideal,as scab prone.
Wonderful dual purpose apple,up there with Grenadier if sprayed regularly. They have a slightly different texture than the Honeycrisp but are crisp, sweet and juicy.
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Fantastic sliced with some natural peanut or almond butter. However, it was a pleasant apple to eat, and I am growing one for use as a cider base. Its quite large so one apple is very filling. So sweet and crispy. Hard to find though.
LOVE it! Nice solid crunch! Can sufer from bitter pit. Eat fresh or cooked. I have an old apple tree that was here when we moved here and hoped that it would work for pollination. Must the Mutsu have a pollinator? Is there any special fertilizer needed or pruning? Thanks so much! Sweet, juicy, even better than an Empire. We had them fried for breakfast and they held up so well during the process. My new favorite apple!!! Although, I have to agree that north america lacks an apple that compares to the flavour of an English Cox's Orange Pippin.
I would add that this apple makes superb apple sauce and dries extremely well without going an unpleasant brown color like so many other apples. After drying its sweetness intensifies and is irresistible as a snack food. Should be yummy. Does anyone know anything about the "Indu variety"? Fruits are indeed very big, however, they lack the intense flavors of Fuji, Jonaprince, and Honeycrisp.
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They are bagged in Japan and develop a pink hue - beautiful apple. And the taste was better too. I live in Eastern Washington. Perhaps the climate of Japan and the Eastern U. I went from a Granny Smith lover to a Mutsu Lover in one bite. Perfect mid afternoon snack to hold you over untill dinner. Nice large apple with a crisp bite. I cannot find them at home in MS, but buy them by the bag load on visits to TN. It is late ripening - early October and it is usually a 'huge' apple -- a meal in itself for one person. One of my most favorite!!
You must try! I think the description missed that it's a cross between a golden delicious and an Indu apple.
Anyone know where to get this apple in MD? I used to get them in Talbot county, but can't find them anywhere near Baltimore. If anything, it has a better taste than the Golden Delicious I buy from the same fruit farm heavy loam soil.