Ananas Reinette

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Fruit Fact: Ananas Reinette, a variety of apples

A famous pineapple flavored German heirloom that grows well in California.

Variety Background:

Most Common Name: Ananas Reinette
Species: malus domestica
Synonyms: Reinette Ananas
Origin: Popular in Germany, and first recorded by German pomologists in 1821, but exact origin unknown, suspected to come out of Holland.
Patents or Trademarks: None


Description: A small to medium sized, yellow apple that to the untrained eye may even look like a golden delicious, but much rounder, and more symmetrical shape than Golden delicious. Lots of russeted dots over a golden yellow skin. A very light red blush will form on sun exposed fruit.

Flavor and tasting notes: This apple is famous for it's vinous pineapple flavor with overtones of black currant, excellent sweet and sharp combination. For a full pineapple-like flavor, the fruit has to be fully tree ripened to build the BRIX level high enough to properly tame the sharpness and bring out the pineapple and black currant flavors. The yellow-white flesh is firm, crunchy and juicy.


Medium chill apple well adapted to California, doesn't mind heat, but doesn't like wet, humid climates or hot dry desert climates, drought seriously degrades fruit quality. Best flavor in the warm coastal valleys of Central California. Early bloomer but will experience delayed bloom if it received inadequate chill.

Bloom Time Rating: F9

Growth Habit:

English sources mistakenly rate this variety as a semi-vigorous tree, and thus many English speaking growers suspect their tree is infected with a virus when they discover it lacks vigor. However, German literature is consistent in calling this variety out as a weak grower with very dense growth and many side shoots. It generally grows as wide as it grows tall. This variety is very recognizable even when completely dormant because of its unique, densely packed buds and short lateral growing shoots.

Vigor: T1

Harvest, storage and consumption:

Pick mid to end of October, into November in higher latitudes. Stores very well, the German literature rates it in conventional storage into the following March. It will go mealy if stored too long. If grown under drought, the fruit will loose its ability to store and go mealy much sooner. Fruits prolifically, needs thinning in order to reach medium size. Comes into bearing very early, even when still quite short. Fruit tend to Fall off when ripe.

Begin of Harvest: mid Oct
End of Harvest: early Nov
Stores Until: mid March


A multi-purpose apple, great as a dessert apple, for cooking or cider making.

Eating: Yes
Cooking: Yes
Cider: Yes


Highly desired by coddling moth, susceptible to cankers, powdery mildew and fungus in general, so best grown in drier districts but with moist, well-drained ground.

Scab Susceptibility: High
Fire Blight Susceptibility: Unknown
Powdery Mildew Susceptibility: High
Cedar Apple Rust Susceptibility: medium
Black Rot Susceptibility: medium
Phytopthera Rots Susceptibility: medium
Fly Speck Susceptibility: Unknown
Coddling Moth Susceptibility: High

Nurseries that carry this variety:

Available from multiple sources in the United States:

Trees of Antiquity

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To the untrained eye, ananas reinette almost looks like golden delicious, but it's smaller and rounder, and the russeting is more irregular. (c) Wikipedia Commons