Wickson is no more than a few bites, but it is favored for its sweetness. It is a small, round, spicy apple, intensely sweet with a pronounced acid tang. It is, therefore, renowned as a perfect cider, hard cider, and champagne cider apple, although it’s a popular choice for fresh-eating and baking as well.

Often referred to as a large crabapple, one or two inches in diameter, Wickson has red striping over a buttery yellow peel; its flesh is both juicy and fragile. Wicksons are easy to identify as they dangle from the tree branch in garlands. Harvest begins anywhere from late September to early October, and they have good storage life.

Discovered: 1944 Humboldt County, California

Parentage: Cross of unnamed crab apples

Harvest: Late Season


Named for E.J. Wickson, a well-known California pomologist, Wickson Crab as it is sometimes called, is thought to be a cross of Newtown Pippin and Esopus Spitzenburg. It dates back to 1944.