Also known as: Early Queen, Orange Apple, Queen, Lancaster Queen, Pole Cat, Sharpe’s Early, Swett’s Harvest, Sweet’s Harvest
Summer Queen is a very popular southern apple variety which originated in New Jersey in the 1800’s. It is a very productive tree and is a late bloomer which protects it from most late spring frosts. It is a very fine cooking and drying apple with a rich, spicy flavor. Fruit is medium to large in size, roundish-conical to oblong in shape, with pale yellow skin striped with dull red and dark crimson. The aromatic yellow flesh is coarse and juicy with a spicy subacid flavor. Ripens July to August.