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Pinner Seedling Apples
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Pinner Seedling apples are medium in size and tend to be round to oval, though somewhat angular. The skin is greenish-yellow with a yellow-brown russet covering most of the surface. The russetting is sometimes more red on the side growing near the sun. The flesh inside is yellow-green. It is crisp, juicy, and very sweet.
Pinner Seedling apples are available from late fall through early spring.
The Pinner Seedling is a variety of Malus domestica from England, considered an heirloom variety. There are a number of other names and spellings for Pinner Seedling apples, including Carel’s Seedling, Carrell’s Seedling, Carle’s Seedling, etc. The parentage is not known.
Apples have few calories and are fat-, sodium-, and cholesterol-free. They do contain dietary fiber, helpful in digestion, and Vitamin C. Along with Vitamin C, apples have other antioxidants and phytochemicals, which help prevent chronic disease, along with quercetin, boron, and Vitamin B.
This is a superior dessert apple. Eat by itself or pair with cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, peanut butter, or oatmeal for a quick snack. Cook into applesauce or bake into apple crisp, turnovers, or tart. For savory meals, pair with chicken or squash.
Many thousands of apples have been cultivated throughout history. Today, however, the vast majority of grocery stores carry just a handful of apples grown on a large scale and shipped around the world. The Pinner Seedling is an example of an heirloom apple that has survived this wave and is still grown by gardeners and home orchardists, if not by large commercial growers.
The Pinner Seedling was first grown in 1810 by a nurseryman named James Carel (or Carrell) in Pinner, Middlesex, England. The first known fruit from the tree was in 1818, and was later grown by the National Fruit Collection in Brogdale, preserving it for future generations.