It’s Apples Season in Lithuania!

Posted by Eglė  |  October 26, 2021

Lithuania’s climate is not very favorable for fruit growth, with only a few fruits, including apples, adapting seasonally and thriving in the country. Over time, and despite the ability to import fruits from other regions, apples in Lithuania have retained their value, remaining one of the most favorite and popular fruits embedded in the country’s gardens, history, cuisine, and folklore. So, what should we know about apples before exploring Lithuania?

When Did It Begin?

In the 16th century, large apple trees were domesticated in Lithuania, and since then, apple species have been sorted seasonally to adapt to weather conditions. Even during the Soviet years, apple varieties were studied, and apple orchards were established around major city districts. Today, Lithuania boasts around a thousand different apple species, including traditional Lithuanian varieties like “Alyvinis,” “Saldinis,” and “Antaninis.”

Why Are Apples Special?

Apples have been popular since Neolithic times, cherished for their versatility, enjoyed fresh or prepared in various ways. They contain essential vitamins and minerals, making them a great everyday snack and a delicacy for festive tables. In Lithuanian mythology, apples are linked to the setting sun, symbolizing happiness and joy. They also hold symbolic meaning in various religions and mythologies worldwide.

Apple Mythology

The apple has symbolic meaning in many religions and the mythology of many countries. In Baltic mythology, apples are compared to the setting sun. In traditional Lithuanian riddles and folk songs, the sun was referred to as the golden apple—a symbol of happiness and joy. Therefore, in the well-known story of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise, the apple was a symbol of sin and temptation.

What Do Lithuanians Produce From Apples?

Lithuanians utilize apple harvests for diverse purposes: drying, juicing, preserving in basements, and crafting into jam, compote, cakes, pies, snacks, and meat garnishes. Apples are particularly prominent during major holidays, often used in dishes with chicken, duck, and turkey meat. Apples are praised for their ability to enhance the moisture of other ingredients when used in cooking.

Apple Cheese

One notable creation from apples in Lithuania is apple cheese, a healthy and tasty snack with a history traced back to medieval nobles. You can find this treat in Lithuanian food markets, or you can make it yourself using a straightforward recipe:


  • 3.5 kilograms of sour apples
  • 0.5 kilograms of sugar
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 lemon


  1. Peel (optional) and slice apples; sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Mix and let it sit for one day to extract juice.
  2. Pour the juice into a pot and cook until it thickens and the volume is halved.
  3. Add the apple meat and cook, stirring, until thickened (1 to 1.5 hours).
  4. Strain the mixture into wet gauze and let it dry or spread it on parchment paper and leave it to dry for 30-35 minutes.
  5. Once dry, cut and enjoy as a dessert with coffee or tea.


Embark on a culinary journey through Lithuania, where the rich history of apples intertwines with folklore, traditions, and the delightful flavors of the country. Whether savoring the iconic apple cheese or exploring the diverse uses of apples in Lithuanian cuisine, the journey promises a unique and delicious experience. Book your holidays now and discover the apple-infused charm of this enchanting destination!