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Variety

Description

Zestar!

Large, crunchy, juicy red fruit with a sprightly sweet-tart flavor.  Excellent for both fresh eating and cooking.  The fruit will store for 6 to 8 weeks.  Introduced in 1999, University of Minnesota.

Ripens late August to early September. Parentage: State Fair x MN 1691

Honeycrisp

Large, dappled red fruit with a well-balanced flavor, outstanding crispness and juiciness.  Best for fresh eating and salads as the flesh is slow to brown.  Fruit will easily store 7 or more months.  With more than 3 million trees planted, HoneycrispTM is easily the most popular U of M introduction to date. Introduced in 1991, University of Minnesota. 

Ripens late September.  Parentage:  Keepsake x ?  Unknown as of January 2010

Haralson

 

Firm texture with a complex tart flavor.  Good for fresh eating and cooking. Especially good pie apple.  The fruit will store for 4 to 5 months.  Tends to be biennial bearing.  Introduced in 1922, University of Minnesota. 

Ripens late September to early October.   Parentage:  Malinda x Wealthy (possibly)

 

SnowSweet

 

Savory, sweet tasting apple, with a slight tart balance and rich overtones.  Amazingly slow to turn brown when cut.  Appealing, large, bronze-red blush fruit.  Excellent for fresh eating, snack trays, and salads.  Introduced in 2006, SnowSweet is the twenty-fourth apple to be released by the University of Minnesota since its breeding program began in 1907.

Ripens mid-October.  Parentage:  Sharon x Connel Red

 

Fireside

Very large fruit with sweet flavor and fine-grained flesh.  Good for fresh eating, salad, and baked apples.  Introduced in 1943, University of Minnesota.

Ripens mid-October.  Parentage:  McIntosh x Longfield

 

Frostbite

Intensely sweet, firm and juicy flesh.  Striped maroon-red and gold-yellow, 2 1/2" diameter fruit.  Excellent for cider. Introduced in 2008, University of Minnesota.

Ripens late September to mid-October.  Parentage: ? 

Cortland

Juicy, sweet with a hint of tartness, the Cortland is great for eating, salads, pies, and baking.  They are wonderful for kabobs, fruit plates and garnishes because they don't turn brown quickly when cut.  Introduced in 1915, Cornell University.

Ripens  mid- to late September.  Parentage:  McIntosh x Ben Davis

McIntosh

Fine, juicy, and cidery, McIntosh is one of the prettiest apples we grow.  They are a good eating, apple sauce, pie, and cider apple.  Introduced in 1870, Ontario, Canada. 

Ripens  September.  Parentage:  Unknown.  Discovered as wild seedling.

SweeTango

SweeTango is a crisp stunningly good, red apple with a complete, sweet flavor.  It is an excellent eating apple and it stores well.   Introduced in 2009, University of Minnesota.

Ripens early September.  Parentage:  Honeycrisp x Zestar!

Sources: 

http://www.allaboutapples.com http://www.minnesotaharvest.net

http://www.apples.umn.edu