Karmijn de Sonnaville apple

Karmijn de Sonnaville apple: both sweet and tart

Karmijn de Sonnaville apple
Karmijn de Sonnaville apple

Some people love the taste of sweet apples; others find sweet apples too bland and they prefer the taste of tart apples.

However, the best tasting apples, according to taste-test panels, are apples that are both sweet and tart.

The Karmijn de Sonnaville was rated as both the sweetest and the tartest of apples at the WSU Mt. Vernon Station — that is to say it was highest in sugars AND in acids. That is amazing … both the sweetest and the tartest apple out of at least one hundred other cultivars!!!

It has the wonderfully flavorful Cox’s Orange Pippin as a parent  — and as far as great flavor is concerned, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

If fact, the Karmijnpronounced “Kar-min” (Dutch readers please correct me if I’m wrong), is so powerfully tasty that some people prefer to keep it for a month or more before eating it so that the flavors have time to mellow. Others can’t wait to eat it when its ripe from the tree in October. Others jump up in an attempt to take a bite out of the apple while it’s still on the tree (okay, I got carried away and made that last part up).

The Karmijn de Sonnaville blooms in late mid-season and is a triploid, which means it won’t pollenize other varieties. However most other apples will pollenize it. (See our pollination chart.)

So order a Karmijn de Sonnaville today while they are still available.

It appears people from Holland know a thing or two about growing wonderful plant varieties and everyone there rides bikes. What a country. What an apple!


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Sam Benowitz

Raintree Nursery founder Sam Benowitz has been providing home gardeners and professional landscapers with the finest fruit cultivars in the world since 1973.

2 thoughts on “Karmijn de Sonnaville apple: both sweet and tart”

  1. Excellent! I just planted one of these in my backyard… working on a giant belgian fence… and can’t wait to taste the “fruits” of my labor. ;)


  2. Oh my gosh! I have been bragging to all my neighbors about these wonderful apples! I got my tree about 10 years ago from Raintree and this year I got a wonderful crop. I’m so proud of these apples that I made a pie to take to the neighborhood Sunday coffee get together. Everyone raved! Merry on Orcas Island

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