Apple variety

Asked November 25, 2017, 8:45 AM EST

I found these apples on an untended tree along a bike path. Most were off the tree on the ground. There were a good percentage in perfect shape with no insect damage or rot. Excellent tasting. I have not been able to figure out what type they are. They are all yellow with sometimes a wash of red. The stocky shape is consistent throughout. It is an area with a lot of Amish farms if that helps. Anyone know?

Washtenaw County Michigan

1 Response

Thanks for contacting us. There are literally thousands of known apple varieties and it is not possible to identify them from photos. It would be necessary to perform genetic testing in a laboratory to be sure.

Trees that grow wild from seed do not grow true to the parent because of the highly complex genetics of apples. For this reason all named apple trees are grafted. However, if the tree was planted intentionally, you may be able to find a local grower in your area who might recognize the flavor. It is possible you have an older variety that is no longer grown. Newvarieties provide advantages in addition to taste, such as longer shelf life, disease resistance, etc.