Illustration of Braeburn apples; by Stefanie Kreuzer, b13 GmbH (CC BY-SA 4.0)


The apple cultivar Braeburn was first discovered as a chance seedling in 1952 by O. Moran from Waiwhero in the Moutere Hills in New Zealand. It was named after Braeburn Orchard near Motueka where it was first grown commercially.

Recent research shows that the cultivar is the offspring of Delicious and Sturmer's Pippin, with Lady Hamilton as a sibling.

The Braeburn apple has an orange-red vertical streaky look on a green/yellow background.

It is firm with a complex sweet-tart flavor which makes it especially popular in European countries.

The apple is ideal for a variety of recipes like fruit salads, apple sauce and apple juice.

Side note: If you tend to have an allergic reaction to some apples, the Braeburn is not a good choice for you.

Apples in bowl; Photo by StockSnap, Tim Sullivan
© StockSnap, Tim Sullivan

Braeburn apple trees, compared to other apple trees, are rather easy to cultivate. The fruit requires a long vegetation period, though, which is why it grows best in warm climates. The apples are mostly cultivated commercially in Chile, the USA and Southern Europe. 

Braeburn apples are available from October to April in the northern hemisphere, and even young trees will be able to provide a good harvest.

Fruit growers love the cultivar as it can be stored easily in chilly places and is able to be preserved by short, medium or long-term storage (3-4 months at 0°C and for 8-10 months).


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