Coconut Crunch

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Fruit Fact: Coconut Crunch, a variety of apples

A hard, late Winter apple famous for its super firm flesh and long storage capacity, named after the flesh which is as hard as coconut flesh when it comes off the tree.

Variety Background:

Most Common Name: Coconut Crunch
Species: malus domestica Northern Spy x Delicious
Synonyms: None
Origin: Garfield Shults of Homesdale, Idaho crossed Northern Spy and Delicious to bring about Coconut Crunch. (1982)
Patents or Trademarks: None


Description: Large, to very large ribbed, green-yellow conical apple covered two thirds with red blush.

Flavor and tasting notes: The super hard flesh has the consistency of a coconut and has a mild, unusual but interesting flavor. It's an interesting backyard apple that will most likely not develop any large scale appeal. Slightly acid, mellows in storage over a longer period of time.


This is an interesting apple that has been tried in various settings, but nothing ever gets written up about it, which is strange. The hard flesh and late season would make it ideal for warmer climates, but NY GRIN reports it as susceptible to watercore, a sign that it might not do well in high heat. Coconut crunch is not suitable for low chill climates. In Central California, with 600 to 800 hours of irregularly accumulated chill, it blooms over a long period of time, starting in the middle of April all the way into June, at which point it's not unusual to see flowers next to marble size apples.

Bloom Time Rating: F15

Growth Habit:

Semi vigorous, strong upright growth.

Vigor: T2

Harvest, storage and consumption:

Early November to January in Central California, a very long season apple. Stores for a very long time, into June under ordinary cold storage conditions.

Begin of Harvest: early Nov
End of Harvest: early Jan
Stores Until: mid June


Due to its mild flavor, coconut crunch is not suitable for cooking despite the firm flesh.

Eating: Yes
Cooking: No
Cider: No


Highly susceptible to fireblight, the rest is not known.

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

Nurseries that carry this variety:

Difficutlt to obtain grafted trees, but scion wood is relatively easy to obtain.

GRIN Cross Reference: PI 589853

Photo Gallery

In Central California, it's not unusual for Coconut Crunch to bloom over a long period of time, with opening flowers and fruitlets on the tree at the same time. (c) The Cloudforest Gardener

The GRIN picture shows an immature coconut crunch, this doesn't really do this apple justice, but it's worth noting the indication of watercore in the picture. (c) USDA GRIN


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