What is this apple, really?

One other possibility that I thought of, Honeycrisp. Honeycrisp was a popular apple even back in those days, so might have been mixed up for a mac.

The pics I’ve seen for Honeycrisp are close. Mine seem to be a bit rounder than the ones I see in the stores, but in looking at several sites online, some do show this more rounded shape. Otherwise it does match, some pointing on the bottom, red color over yellow/green, and the dots. I really am not familiar enough with growing Honeycrisp to know if there are any other defining comparisons I could make/do.

What do folks think?

That there ain’t no Honeycrisp like any I’ve ever seen. They come through my checkstand at work and they are usually identifiable by a blotchy quality to their pattern.

We get ours from Washington State, I’m sure, and they may present differently elsewhere, but trust me, that ain’t no HC.

yep…agree with mark 1000%…no way is that Honeycrisp, no matter where it was grown and no matter under what kind of conditions.
I will say though that it appears to have big cells, and looks like a very wet apple. Can you describe the flavor, texture etc. Steve?
I have a feeling I’d like that apple based on the photo, assuming it’s crispy with breaking flesh. I still can’t get a read on the size…no comparison items in the photo for a reference.

Let me try to answer your questions:

The average size is 2.5" across when looking down from the stem end.

It has a VERY crisp flesh. Fairly juicy/wet. Very sweet, but still tart. Not sure what breaking flesh means, but if you meant snaps rather than bends when bent, then yes this apple does that. Again, not sure what the cell size means.

If you have more questions, pls let me know.

I do not know if they are still doing the research, but a couple years back I believe that Briana Gross and Cidy Hale at UMN were testing apples against a database of genetic markers from the USDA apple collection and, as part of that, inviting members of the public to send in leaves of their home orchard trees for identification.

Yes, exactly.

Sounds like a great apple to me…all of it!


The only reason to doubt it is, is the timing. Orangepippin.com lists Elise as being released in 2011, and I planted this tree several years before that (still trying to find the receipt from that purchase so I can fix the year it was planted, but probably 2007 or 8).


You’re right, the introduction period of Elise was released in 2011 So it is impossible that this concerns a elise , sorry, my apology for this error.

The owner which I’ve gotten this scion for three years ago claimed this is apple " Ecollete"
In 1978 found by a cross from “Elstar” with “Prima”. Came in 1996 on the Dutch market.