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Strain Spotlight: Apple Fritter

Don’t let the downhome-cooking name fool you. Apple Fritter isn’t your grandma’s fall dessert. This strain might be rare, but if you can find it - and if you have the tolerance levels to enjoy it - it’s definitely worth a purchase. In this strain spotlight, we’ll give you all the details you need to know to decide if Apple Fritter should be added to your must-try list.

What is Apple Fritter?

Apple Fritter, or Apple Fritters, is a highly potent hybrid strain that balances 50% indica and 50% sativa. It was created with a cross of Sour Apple and Animal Cookies, and it’s been making a name for itself since a cannabis enthusiast took their first puff. In fact, in 2016, Apple Fritter was added to High Times’ World’s Strongest Strains list, all thanks to its up to 28% THC.

If you can handle that much THC in your bud, Apple Fritter will reward you with the reason for its name: a sweet, apple-meets-vanilla flavor and aroma that make it the perfect fall strain for the upcoming season. 

Where Did Apple Fritter Come From?

We have the geniuses at Lumpy’s Flowers—a marijuana producer in Northern California—to thank for Apple Fritter. At some point in the early 2000s, Lumpy’s Flowers crossed Animal Cookies with Sour Apple, and the result was this fruity, full-flavored cannabis strain. 

What Does Apple Fritter Smell Like?

There’s no question what Apple Fritter smells like—it’s in the name. A mix of fresh-baked apples and vanilla-rich cake creates a scent combination sure to be enjoyed. You may also notice a little bit of an earthy undertone to its aroma as well, keeping things interesting for the senses. 

What Does Apple Fritter Taste Like?

Apple Fritter tastes like the cannabis version of the dessert it’s named after. There are flavors of apple in this strain, but you will also notice more herbaceous notes that remind you this isn’t an after-dinner treat you’ll have to work off at the gym. With its potency though, we suggest enjoying it in the evening (maybe even with a cup of hot chocolate) to ensure you’ve got your day’s tasks wrapped up.

How Strong is Apple Fritter?

Strong. Very strong. While Apple Fritter might not be the strongest strain on the market today, it’s definitely up there. The strain’s THC average ranges from a high 22% to an astronomical 28% THC—but remember, that’s just the average. That means that some cultivars of this strain can reach even higher numbers, including up to 32%.

What Other Types of  Apple Fritter Strains Are There?

You know how recipes get passed around when the food is really good? The same has been true for Apple Fritter. It’s been combined with other strains in order to create its own apple delights. Here are three of our favorites:

Apple Tartz

Sativa-Dominant Hybrid

Another 50/50 hybrid, Apple Tartz came to us with a crossing of Apple Fritters and Runtz. That combination should give you a pretty good idea of what sort of flavor and scent profiles you’re going to get with this strain. Apple Tarts’ flavor is a sweet, fruity apple delight with a creamy base. Its scent is a bit more nuanced, a little sweet, a little sour, with an apple-meets-cinnamon vibe. There’s no question this strain carries on its parent’s dessert-like legacy. It also carries its parent’s THC torch at 26% THC. 

Cherry Fritter


Why stop at one fritter when you can have two? Cherry Fritter was born from the crossing of Apple Fritter and Cherry Pie, two delicious strains that created a potent, balanced hybrid. In terms of flavor and aroma, Cherry Fritter gives you exactly what you would expect, a cherry-filled flavor wonderland with just a hint of a sip of coffee. The scent is much the same with some of those herbal, earthy notes you’d expect from a cannabis strain. Cherry Fritter didn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to THC, which ranges between 17-27%. 

Atomic Apple

Sativa-Dominant Hybrid

As genetically balanced as its sister strains on this list, this hybrid strain came from the crossing of Triangle Mints and Apple Fritter. Also like its sister strains, Atomic Apple boasts some truly potent THC levels at a range of 20-27%. Its flavors, however, are a unique combination of both its parents: a menthol-meets-sour apple flavor. The scent reflects the same profile, making it a truly well-rounded strain to try as long as you have the tolerance level. 

Answering Apple Fritter FAQs

Got your taste buds tingling over this rare strain? You’re not the only one. Here are a few things to know before hunting down your next canna-dessert:

Is Apple Fritter a sativa or indica?
Apple Fritter is a balanced hybrid with 50% sativa genetics and 50% indica genetics.

How does Apple Fritter make you feel?
Everyone is different, so how Apple Fritter makes you feel may not be the same for someone else. That said, most cannabis enthusiasts describe it as balanced just as you’d expect from a 50% indica and 50% sativa strain. Medical marijuana patients may consume Apple Fritter for its potential ability to help treat conditions like insomnia, mood swings, and stress. 

Is Apple Fritter good for beginners?
No, you should definitely start with a different strain if you’re new to cannabis. Apple Fritter is way too potent for first-timers.

Purchasing Apple Fritter

The only negative about Apple Fritter is that it’s a rare strain. This means you may need to be in certain parts of the country, like Colorado or the West Coast, to find it. That said, it’s created some pretty tasty child strains that you may find in your area, so head down to your dispensary and talk to your budtender about what they have in stock that could satisfy your Apple Fritter cravings.

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