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Fruit Fact: Orin, a variety of apples

A wonderful yellow-green skinned Japanese apple that stores for a long time without any loss in quality. We think it is far better than it's cousin the mutsu apple. It has more character with more interesting tartness and it develops a good aroma in storage. It's a top choice for Santa Cruz county.

Variety Background:

Most Common Name: Orin
Species: malus domestica Indo x Golden Delicious
Origin: Cross of Indo and Golden Delicious made in 1920 by Tadanosuke Otuski in Fukushima, Japan, same family of crosses from which mutsu and several other famous Japanese apples emerged. Not named and released until 1952.
Patents or Trademarks: None


Description: Yellow green skinned fruit with dark green lenticels, medium sized to large if thinned properly.

Flavor and tasting notes: Sweet with some tangy tropical overtones, perhaps on the pineapple side.


Orin is a picky apple when it comes to pollination and tends to bear poorly under less than ideal pollination conditions. The exact limiting factors are not known, we are observing this apple in the Cloudforest where it bears precociously on some years and almost not at all on some others. While it may be biennial, we suspect the flowers don't like certain weather conditions.

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Growth Habit:

Semi vigorous, tends towards biennial bearing, picky when it comes to pollination.

Vigor: T2

Harvest, storage and consumption:

Ripens late September to early October in California, late October to early November in NY and England, best picked a little early for most optimal storage. Flavor is superior after some time in cool conventional storage below 40F.

Begin of Harvest: mid Sept
End of Harvest: early Oct
Stores Until: mid April


Multi-purpose, dessert, cooking and cider apple, very juicy.

Eating: Yes
Cooking: Yes
Cider: Yes


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Not readily available in the US in tree form, but scion wood is available.

GRIN cross-reference: PI 589232

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