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Fruit Fact: Cellini, a variety of apples

Rare bright red anise flavored apple that used to be a popular garden in apple in the UK around the latter part of the 19th century. Remains popular as a juicing apple in Northern France.

Variety Background:

Most Common Name: Cellini
Species: malus domestica seedling
Synonyms: None
Origin: Nonesuch seedling raised in 1828 by Leonard Phillips in Vauxhall London, UK.
Patents or Trademarks: None


Description: Round shaped, bright red apple.

Flavor and tasting notes: The brisk crisp juicy white flesh has an anise flavor.


Being evaluated in the Cloudforest.

Bloom Time Rating: F12

Growth Habit:

Medium grower.

Vigor: T2

Harvest, storage and consumption:

Late August in California to mid September in higher latitudes. Stores relatively well for about two months only.

Begin of Harvest: early Sept
End of Harvest: mid Sept
Stores Until: mid Nov


Great dessert apple for those who love the unique combination of anise and tartness. An excellent juicing or cider apple, still popular in France for juicing. Apparently doesn't hold its shape and looses flavor when cooked.

Eating: Yes
Cooking: No
Cider: Yes


Being evaluated.

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Nurseries that carry this variety:

This apple is not available in nurseries in the US, and scion wood is difficult to obtain.

References [1]

Photo Gallery

Cellini drawing from Ellen Isham Schutt, 1905 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Photo (c) U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705