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Crispin apple trees

Mutsu (Crispin)

Crispin is an unusually versatile apple. Its large size and juicy acidity make it an excellent apple for the kitchen. Slices keep their shape when baked, and slices can be dried too.

Crispin's Golden Delicious parentage also lends it an excellent sweet flavour for eating fresh, particularly if you like sharper apples. In a good year from a good tree, Crispin's crisp sharp-sweet flavour can be very good indeed.

All in all this is an apple with many talents, and one of that select band of apple varieties that is equally good for eating fresh or in the kitchen.

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How to grow

Crispin is a triploid variety, so not a good pollinator for other apple varieties.

Disease resistance is average, but like all triploid varieties it is a strong-growing tree that can tolerate a few problems without much effect.

Crispin likes a warm climate.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Crispin was developed in Japan in the 1930s, and is a cross between Golden Delicious and Indo. It has become steadily popular in both North America (where it is often known as Mutsu) and parts of Europe (where it is known as either Crispin or Mutsu).

Crispin characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates

Using

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryJuiceDual purpose
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweet/Sharp
  • Cooking resultKeeps shape

Problems

  • Disease resistancePoor
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome resistance

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originJapan
    • Period of origin1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colourGreen