Mutsu and Crispin Apples - Knowledgebase Question

Clinton Corners, NY
Question by etaslitz
September 25, 1998
I have been told that Mutsus are a mixture of Golden Delicious and a Japanese apple called Indo. Is this the same as Crispin Apples?

Answer from NGA
September 25, 1998


Yes. Very often you will see them shown this way: Mutsu (Crispin) on varietal listings. According to the Michigan Apple Committee: "As its alternative name suggests, Crispin also has Japanese origins. This 1930 cross of Golden Delicious and the Japanese variety Indo was named Mutsu upon its 1949 release. It was renamed Crispin in 1968 in the United Kingdom, and New York adopted that name several years ago. In Michigan it is still widely known as Mutsu."

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