Modern Apple Varieties

 

Zestar

Introduced in Minnesota in 1998. Great flavor- sprightly sweet-tart taste with a hint of brown sugar. Light crisp texture. Superb flavor for such an early apple.

Harvested late August.

 

Honeycrisp

This explosively juicy apple is our most popular. The juice literally rolls down your chin which makes it a nice apple for those of us sorry to have the peach season come to an end. This apple was developed in Minnesota in 1962 by crossing Macoun and Honeygold.

Harvest early September.

 
 
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Suncrisp

Developed at Rutgers University and named in 1994 by crossing Golden Delicious x Cortland x Cox’s Orange Pippin. The apple is almost orange in color. It has a great unique tast that is tart at harvest but becomes a little sweeter in storage.

Harvested late October

 

Braeburn

This is a chance seedling from New Zealand.  Probable parents are Granny Smith x Lady Hamilton. This HARD apple’s rich, sweet – tart spicy flavor is high impact. Turning these into applesauce (if you don’t eat them all fresh first) requires very little sugar.

Harvest early November

 

Crimson Gold

This was a lost apple, originally called Little Rosybloom, developed by Albert Etter and the California Nursery Company in 1944. It is actually a sweet crab apple. Great for fresh eating and superb for culinary use and for cider. This is an outstanding fruit that should never be lost again.

Harvest mid-September

 

Sweet 16

This cross of MN4474 x Northern Spy was released from Minnesota in 1977. It is a great eating apple - crisp and juicy with a spicy cherry candy flavor. This apple can actually get ‘oversweet’ and take on a licorice flavor.

Harvest early October

 

Nittany

First developed in 1972 by the Pennsylvania State breeding program from a seedling whose parents were Golden Delicious and York Imperial. Reddish-orange skin and crisp flesh. They have a sweet taste with a nutty flavor, and can store up to six months.

Harvest late October

 

Keepsake

Unattractive, irregularly shaped, 90% red fruit. That said, one of our personal favorites. Fine grained, hard, very crisp, juicy light yellow flesh. Strongly aromatic flavor, which mellows with age. Attains peak fresh eating quality in January or February. Keeps in storage through April.

Harvest mid-late October

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Crimson Crisp

This apple is the result of 5 generations of breeding specific apple cultivars to be more disease resistant (=less pesticides). When Doug picked the first of these apples, he called me and said, “If this was the garden of Eden and this was the apple, I would sin!” Can’t say more than that!

Harvest mid-September

 

Sansa

A Gala x Akane cross developed in Japan, maturing one week before Gala. Excellent dessert apple with good keeping quality. Resembles Gala in fruit color and firmness.

Harvested late August.

 

Snow Sweet

Introduced from the University of Minnesota (where honeycrisp comes from) in 2006. Snow Sweet has white, crisp flesh that is sweet, delicious and perfect for apple salad as it slowly oxidizes and remains crisp and white long after cutting.

Harvest mid-September

 

Chestnut Crabapple

This throws the myth of inedible crabapples out the window!! This apple is small but mighty in flavor. Chestnuts’ crisp coarse-grained yellow flesh is juicy and appealingly sweet with just the right touch of tart. Of course its great for jelly.

Harvest early September

 

Swiss Gourmet (Arlet)

This is our favorite all purpose but, without a doubt (we think), our BEST pie apple.  It has the great qualities of its parents – hardness of the Ida Red and the sweetness of the Golden Delicious, but then adds a touch of spice. Great fresh eating. Develops a waxy skin in storage.

Harvested early September


 

Fuji

What this apple lacks in appearance, it makes up for with flavor.  It is a cross of Red Delicious and Rall Janet (an apple named by Thomas Jefferson).  This apple is very slow to breakdown so load up with a good winter supply for yourself.

Harvest late October

 
 
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Gala

Developed in New Zealand, this apple is a cross of Golden Delicious and Kidd’s Orange Red. Smaller in size so it makes them great for kids’ lunch boxes. Not so good for pies or baking but good for drying.

Harvest early September.