Arkansas Black Apple Review

"A Teeth-Shattering Oddity"

Arkansas Black Apple

This teeth-shattering oddity, boasting a deep red hue that’ll make a dark cherry look like a fluorescent glow stick, will destroy your helpless mouth with every unfortunate bite. A ten out of ten on the Mohs Hardness Scale, this apple would perform admirably as a drill tip in a diamond mine. While true the hardness marginally decreases if left in your refrigerator for a full year, those patient enough to plan lunch into the next decade will be sorely disappointed with a thick-skinned carbuncle that tastes and feels like an uncooked russet potato. Truly despicable.

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Bentonville, Arkansas




Late Fall – Early Winter


Drill Tip, Cider

31 thoughts on “Arkansas Black Apple Review”

  1. This apple produced one of the best ciders that I’ve ever sampled, so perhaps it only flourishes after fermentation.

  2. I have 27 varieties of heirloom apples growing in my orchard. The Arkansas black is phenomenal. It is absolutely delicious but you have to leave it on the tree until the night before the first frost which is mid October for us. It is crisp, sweet, and caramel-like in flavor which increases in storage. It is minimally bothered by bugs or fungus and I recommend it to all of my friends. I am not sure what happened to the one you tasted.

    1. Wow your orchard sounds awesome! I’ve tried many Arkansas Black apples before and have had similar experiences each time. Maybe you have a particularly fresh, well-attuned growing climate for this apple but I have to rely on what is available to the public, and this has been my experience so far.

    2. Thanks for your comment! the Arkansas black is absolutely my favorite apple. I understand why it might be unpopular; it really breaks the mold of what you can expect from an apple. Before I moved, they were available at my favorite grocery store for about a week out of the year in the late fall. I miss them.

  3. This is legitemetly the best apple I have ever tasted in my life. My mommy let me eat it last day. Before tomorrow. Juicy and dry. Tart and sweet. Yummy and yummy yes sir.

  4. Was just browsing the web, looking for recipes to preserve the bushel of Arkansas Black apples we just picked today, happily munching on one that fell and had a hole in it. Imagine my surprise to see that I was really eating a bitter drill bit, because my mouth tells me different. These are delicious even though they haven’t finished ripening in storage yet. According to my grandson, they also make the best pie ” in the world”. I’m in northern Michigan, and this is the first year we’ve harvested more than a few. I am looking forward to many years of having this black beauty in my winter dessert line up.

  5. The first thing I looked for on this site was where these bad boys were. Never had a worse apple. Mealy and unpleasant. I know branding is 0/10 here but they must have some serious lobbying power somewhere to still exist instead of going to Apple Purgatory

      1. Perhaps they are like coriander (cilantro)? I love it, but some people hate it, saying it tastes like soap or dirt!

  6. Arkansas Black is one of my absolute favorite apples of the season! Sad to see it dissed on this site as they sell out quickly at my local farmer’s market when they are available. Ah well, to each his (or her) own…more for me!

    1. Melinda, I’m with you! I can’t get them where I live so drove 2 hours to buy some after waiting a few weeks because of a late harvest this year. Actually I have some frying in a little butter and brown sugar on my stove right now for breakfast! Hahaha

  7. My Arkansas Blacks started bearing this year, I have hundreds of trees in 30-40 varieties. Some waiting in pots to go into the ground. Many heirlooms. And I can say that the Arkansas Black is not only tasty, but the firm flesh holds very well in the oven. I even set back a bushel of these for home use in pastries.

    If you ate a rotten apple then shame on you. Perhaps this nonsense about bad apples originates from the Nazi monopolist orchards that interface with Wally’s monopoly box stores world wide, and who dip their apples in car wax (carnauba) to make them shine.

    The Arkansas Black is one of the best heirlooms out there, and they have been tested since 1843. Go to school. Grow some apples. And THEN talk.

  8. I’m in Louisiana, and this is the only apple we can get that’s “locally” grown. I’m a big believer in local food sourcing, so when these come into season, I buy a ton of them and happily eat them, at once genuinely enjoying them (hey, they’re apples) and also secretly wishing they were better than they are.

  9. I gave my children Arkansas black apples around this time last year, and they’ve been asking me for them every couple of months since then. I can’t find any in the store. Hard to believe people don’t like them, they are a legend in my house now. Maybe you have gotten unripe ones.

  10. Hawkeye Apple Fan

    While I agree with the commentary regarding the “drill tip” firmness, I believe you need to give the Arkansas Black apple a second chance.

    After planting a lone Arkansas Black apple tree 10 years ago, we have learned that you simply do not touch these apples until after the first frost. They need cold exposure to develop their sweetness and improve their texture.

    Is the Arkansas Black apple a top 10 favorite apple? No. But they persist on the tree long after the gems of late summer and early autumn have long been processed and enjoyed. A fresh apple straight off the tree in October or even November is a delight. The Arkansas Black apple does this well.

  11. Every Arkansas Black apple I’ve had *in Arkansas* has been amazing. Every one I’ve paid way too much money for at a Whole Foods in California or whatever has been garbage.

    I mean it’s not worth continuing to live in Arkansas just for the apples but I’ll definitely go out of the way to get some if I’m there in season, and I doubt I’ll ever waste money on one out of the region again.

  12. I live in Arkansas but was unable to answer a question a friend of mine out of state ask me. He said he bought some Arkansas Black Appkes and they had a waxy coating on them and ask me if that was a natural thin for that variety. So thought you might be able to help me out with that question.

  13. Arkansas black is my favourite apple, I think you had really terrible underripe apples or old apples because they are juicy, crisp, slightly tart and decently sweet with an almost tropical flavour and are truly an outstanding apple.

  14. They are terrible when they are underripe, but they are delicious and not hard at all when they are actually ripe. They are my favorite apple with the possible exception of Mackintoshes.

  15. Arkansas black lover

    Better than the average sweetango. I’ve had sweetangos harder and less flavorful than a good Arkansas black. Sure the skins a little thick but once you get past that there’s a pretty damn good apple hiding within.

  16. I devoured an Arkansas Black from a fruit stand in Greenbrier, Arkansas on a chilly October afternoon about a decade ago while visiting family. It was a pretty tasty apple, as I recall. Wish I had another one now to see if it is as good as I remembered.

    Love your reviews. I haven’t laughed so hard in quite a while.

  17. Whoever did this review does not understand that Arkansas Black apples are NOT meant to be eaten when they are picked from the tree. They must ripen for 2-3 months in cold storage so that they can properly ripen and mellow. The apples change from hard tart rocks to lovely mellow delicious apples that make great apple butter, pie and cider. They also make good fresh eating. This was a very important attribute before food storage became easier.

  18. first year of blooms and apples for my black arkansas-it is june 12 2024 and my small tree has about 45 apples 3-4 inches in diameter-if they ripen in october shoul be a fairly large apple but everybody posts small to medium-what gives-location west tn

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