Sweet Tart

Smokehouse is a medium-to-large, round apple, mostly red with yellow highlights. Its cream-colored flesh is moderately crisp and juicy. Its flavor is mostly sweet with a mild tartness, lacking distinction. A late season apple, Smokehouse is primarily a fresh eating apple.

Discovered: 1848 Lancaster County, Pennslyvania

Parentage: Vandevere x unknown

Harvest: Late Season


The variety originated on the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, farm of William Gibbons, who named it for its proximity to his smokehouse. Smokehouse closely resembles Vandevere, a Maryland variety from 1806 presumed to be one of Smokehouse’s parents. It was released commercially in 1848.