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Mutsu or Crispin

Malus domestica 'Mutsu-Crispin'
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Mutsu, or Crispin as it is called in New York and out East, was one of Grandpa's favorites, but not good enough to be a "Choice" variety. Mutsu is a very large, golden apple that picks late in the season. It can produce prodigious amounts of apples. The fruit is very similar to Golden Delicious in flavor when it mellows after a few weeks of storage.

Mutsu is one of the famous Japanese apples to come to us. The Japanese liked it for its sweet, excellent dessert flavor and its huge size, similar to Wolf River. It has been renamed "Crispin" in many apple growing regions, apparently because mispronunciations of the Japanese name can be embarrassing! Grandpa liked to grow Mutsu, but swore at them because of their problems. His highest ever production was off a small Mutsu block one year.

Fruit Characteristics
Growth Rate/Habit
Harvest Period
Other Attributes
  Sweet
Site Requirements
  Full Sun
Skill Required