Mutsu (Crispin) Apple Review

"The Rich Man's Jalopy"

55
Barely Worth It
Mutsu Apple

Like a poorly designed car that is suped up with all the latest features but breaks down after three years, the Japanese Mutsu Apple (also known as Crispin in the US/UK) fails under the weight of its own overreaching reputation. Known as “The Million Dollar Apple” this rich man’s jalopy comes in three sexy colors based on sunlight exposure: the yellow-green Sun Mutsu, the bright red Red Mutsu, and the rare pale Silver Mutsu. Unfortunately, with a mild splash of flavor, waxy skin, and grainy flesh, this apple simply can’t be trusted to get you to work on time.

Taste
Crispness
Skin
Flesh
Juiciness
Density
Beauty
Branding
Cost/Availability

- FLAVOR PROFILE -

SWEETNESS

2/5

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2/5

TARTNESS

1.5/5

Red Apple Icon
1.5/5

INTENSITY

1.5/5

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1.5/5
MUTSU APPLE BIO

PARENTAGE

Golden Delicious x Indo

ORIGIN

Japan

YEAR

1949

AVAILABILITY

Late Fall – Spring

BEST USES

Dessert Baking, Munching

OTHER NAMES

Crispin, Red Mutsu,

Silver Mutsu, Sun Mutsu

15 thoughts on “Mutsu (Crispin) Apple Review”

  1. I tried a Mutzu for the first time this week and LOVED them!!! They a big and juicy and have a mild sweet flavor of hat I enjoyed. Not a jalopy.

    1. I agree that Mutsu apples are not a jalopy! My wife made the best applesauce ever with these, purchased from a Western North Carolina farm stand the first week of October 2023.

  2. Ate a Mutsu for the first time this week,to be honest the best apple I have ever tasted. Looking forward to baking with this delicious apple. Making apple sauce with them this week, also apple butter.

  3. Best apple I have ever tasted. Looking forward to baking with this delicious apple. Also making apple sauce with them. It will be in my fridge for our grandkids to eat. So happy a orchard near my home grow these Mutsu apples.

  4. Im sorry I understand having different tastes but you are factually wrong this is a good apple worth at least a 75. My favorite apple personally though i do understand why others arnt as big a fan

  5. Also here just to share my apparently uncommon but still passionate love of this apple. I’d say it’s worth the curious attempting once to see if it’s their jam (or… sauce I suppose). My biggest complaint is that its less common to see in my grocers than other, more celebrity status apples.But whenever I do see them I always snag a few.

    I appreciate the amount of effort needed to rank all these apples, and also get that means some are going to have to fall into the middling range. Thanks for the fun website!

  6. Another Mutsu fan here. I don’t buy or see them in supermarkets, though, only buy them from local orchards when in season. They are also notably larger than other apples. I’m in Western MA, not too far from U. Mass. where they were growing and studying them for a number of years as well–it was a favorite of my son’s when he went on school field trips to some of their orchards. It’s not our top favorite at the orchard, but we always include a few. I wonder if there is more of a regional difference with Mutsu than some other apples, or if it doesn’t ship well.

    One thing that occurs to me is that the size of Mutsu apples when ripe is far more variable than most varieties. If you tried to pick uniform sizes in order to box and ship them, you’d have to pick them before they were full grown, I think, or use a subvariety that might be quite different than the mutsus I’m talking about.

  7. Kimberly Menssen

    Another Mutsu apple lover! As a poor college student, I saved up money to buy fancy apples each week and used their stickers to create a visual apple ranking on my cabinet. I tried a Mutsu apple for the first time (just out of college) when I moved to NYC. This apple was slightly tart and perfectly sweet. It quickly became my favorite apple! I would occasionally slice them and top with cinnamon to bring the tartness out. Delicious!

    I was shocked to see them ranked so low. Only downside to the Mutsu apples—I haven’t been able to find them in the Mountain West.

  8. Apparently about a year late to this party (which is typical for me). Chacun à son goût. Crispins / Mutsus are my favorite apple to eat ‘raw’, perhaps accompanied by some cheddar or gouda.
    And yes, I appreciate this site addresses *all* apples. My nod to that: I really don’t think there’s such a thing as an “all-purpose” apple. I’m fortunate to live where many varieties are locally grown.

  9. i just had the privilege of trying these straight off the tree. that first bite was an explosion of perfect juice. that apple converted me to an apple fan. even after spending a week in my tiny dorm fridge, they were still the perfect apple. The Perfect Apple. i now have several other varieties of apple to try, but i honestly don’t think anything can top this apple. not sure what was wrong with yours. i am sorry for your loss

  10. These apples are new to me as I just “discovered” them a few days ago at a local to me apple orchard (southeastern MA). While I’m no apple connoisseur, my daughter and I found these apples to be delicious right from the tree. We added a few to our “half a peck” that we picked and I’ll be dipping several in a hard candy shell to make candied apples. Much improved from the usual for this task, which is usually a Granny Smith.

  11. Had some Mutsu recently from my local grocery store (Berkeley Bowl via Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville, CA) and wow they were fantastic. They definitely don’t deserve the low ranking here.

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