Rhode Island Greening

Sweet Tart

Rhode Island Greening is an excellent pie and all-around cooking apple. It has a green peel and a flesh that is greenish-white with a tart flavor. This heirloom variety is a good substitute for Granny Smith. Usually it is ready for picking in September, but sweetens on the tree if picked in October.

Discovered: 1600s, Rhode Island

Parentage: Unknown

Harvest: Late Season


Mr. Green, an innkeeper in Green’s End, Rhode Island, discovered this apple in the 1600s. It was a favorite among American colonists, and one of the three most popular apples in the early 1900s, with Baldwin and Northern Spy.