Sweet Tart

Malinda is a rare, medium-size, conical apple with dull yellow skin and patches or streaks of pink-orange blush. It sometimes has some russeting. Its flesh is crisp, juicy, and sweet, but undistinguished. It was valued more for its hardiness than its flavor.

Discovered: 1800s Orange County, Vermont


Harvest: None


Malinda was discovered in Topsham, Vermont, by Irvin W. Rollins, who named the apple after his sister. Rollins introduced Malinda trees to Elgin, Minnesota, in the late 1850s. One early reviewer called it the finest winter sweet apple yet known or cultivated in this country.