Apple Varieties & Availability

EARLY SEASON

Beacon

This is a 1936 release from the University of Minnesota. It has a nice sprightly flavor and is sweet and juicy. The dark red color can bleed into the flesh giving a washed white to pink color under the skin.Beacon used to be known as the ‘State Fair Apple’ because it was always ripe by the opening of the Minnesota State Fair. For many years, this was the first good quality eating apple of the season.

Centennial Crabapple

This sprightly summer treat was released by the University of Minnesota in 1957. This is not the crabapple you used to throw at the neighbor kids! This is a great tasting juicy snack. Great apple flavor in a little package. Don’t miss this one; it’s only around for a short time in the summer!

Chestnut Crabapple

This sweet treat was released by the University of Minnesota. This is not the variety of crabapple you used to throw at the neighbor kids! This is a great tasting juicy snack. Great apple flavor in a little package. Don’t miss this one; it’s only around for a short time!

Dayton

This is one of the new generation disease resistant apples. We plant these resistant varieties in separate blocks from the conventional varieties. This allows us to reduce or eliminate the application of fungicides! Dayton has firm fine-grained crisp flesh. It is a tart subacid apple with a mild flavor. If you like Granny Smith or Haralson, Dayton should fit your taste. Give it a try and help us promote this new earth-friendly disease resistant variety.

Discovery

This aromatic summer apple comes from Canada. It is sweet with an unusual flowery flavor. In most cases, we have to wait for the late fall apples to get this degree of aromatics. Some people describe it as a bubble gum flavor, others as flowers. If you like unique dessert apples and enjoy different flavors then don’t miss this one.

Paula Red

This is a juicy sweet/tart variety. The flesh is bright white contrasting the dark red skin. The flavor and eating quality of this apple is similar to McIntosh. Paula Red will make a nice early season apple pie but will cook up soft and will not hold a nice slice. It also makes a smooth applesauce. McIntosh lovers should try Paula Red while they are waiting for locally grown McIntosh to ripen in mid to late September.

Pristine

This is one of the new generation disease resistant apples. It can be grown without fungicides. Pristine is a high quality dessert apple. It has tangy flavor and incredibly crisp delicate texture. In fact, it is so delicate that we have to and grade and polish it by hand. Our highest quality summer dessert apple!

Redfree

Redfree is one of our favorite summer apples. It has a sweet, low acid flavor with crisp flesh, unlike the typical soft and tart summer apples. This is one of the new generation disease resistant apples. It can be grown without fungicides. Give Redfree a try and help us promote this new earth-friendly disease resistant variety.

Sansa

Sansa is a new variety developed in Japan. It was released in 1988. It is a cross between the popular Gala and Akane. The fruit is similar to Gala but ripens two to three weeks earlier. The flavor is sweet with a rich flavor reminiscent of Gala. The flesh is firm, crunchy and juicy. This is a very new high quality summer apple. If you like Gala you should definitely give Sansa a try.

Statefair

This is a 1977 release from the University of Minnesota. It has a sprightly tart flavor. The texture is light and crunchy if picked just before full ripeness and kept in refrigeration. It ripens just ahead of the Fair!

William’s Pride

This is one of the new generation disease resistant apples. It can be grown without fungicides. William’s Pride is a high quality dessert apple. It has a rich and spicy flavor, unlike the typical mild flavored early apples. Give William’s Pride a try and help us promote this new earth-friendly disease resistant variety.

 

MID SEASON

Cortland

This is a top quality mid season dessert apple. It has bright white flesh that is slow to brown making it perfect for fruit salads. These Cortland were harvested on the early side making them tarter and crunchier than the typical late harvest Cortland. This creates a sweet/tart flavor similar to McIntosh. If you want the sweet, rich flavor, wait a week or two for the late harvest Cortlands.

Gala

This is one of the best mid season dessert apples that can be grown in Minnesota. The flesh is sweet, crisp, and creamy yellow in color. The flavor is rich and aromatic. Gala originated in New Zealand but grows well here in Minnesota. Our cool evenings create a redder gala with excellent flavor! Give this southern hemisphere import a try, its one of our favorite mid season varieties.

Honeycrisp

Developed in Minnesota and grown in Minnesota. Taste the difference! Honeycrisp was developed by the University of Minnesota. Its most unique quality is the extremely crisp and delicate texture. There really is no other apple like it in Minnesota. The flavor has a nice balance between sugar and acid giving it a sweet taste with a hint of tartness. The flavor is mild.

McIntosh

This is a heritage variety from Canada. John McIntosh (the son of a Scottish Immigrant) discovered it in 1796. The apple grew to become one of the most popular apples in Canada and the Northeastern United States. It is a high quality mid-season variety. The flavor is rich and very tart. The texture is light and juicy. It cooks into a smooth applesauce and makes a very soft pie filling.

 

LATE SEASON

Red Fireside (Connell Red)

The original Fireside was released from the U of Mn in 1943. A colored sport of Fireside was later discovered in Wisconsin and named Connell Red. The Fireside is striped light red to green while the Connell Red has a solid red blush over yellow. The flavor is rich and sweet and the flesh is hard and dense. Both produce a heavy natural wax that can give the apple a sticky skin. Best use is fresh eating and baking. It cooks very firm and will hold a slice in pie.

 

Haralson

This is a 1922 release from the University of Minnesota. It is the most popular apple grown in the state. It has a sprightly flavor and is crisp, tart, and juicy. Haralson is a high quality fresh eating apple for those who like tart varieties. It is also a top quality cooking and baking apple. It cooks firm and makes a tart pie.

 

Keepsake

This is a 1978 release from the University of Minnesota. It is one of the more unusual Minnesota varieties. It is known for its long storage life.Keepsake is a high quality fresh eating apple. It is firm and juicy with a unique nutty flavor. It is a sweet apple with just a hint of tartness. It sweetens in storage and the flavor actually gets richer with age. With good refrigeration, Keepsake can still be sweet and crunchy by spring.

 

Liberty

This is one of the new generation disease resistant apples. We plant these resistant varieties in separate blocks from the conventional varieties. This allows us to reduce or eliminate the application of fungicides! Liberty is a high quality late season dessert apple. It has the tartness of a McIntosh, the rich flavor of a late harvest Cortland and the crisp hard texture of a Haralson.

Red Delicious

This is one of the best tasting Red Delicious strains you can buy. Delicious was discovered on an Iowa orchard around 1870. Over the long history of this variety, there have been numerous mutations discovered and propagated, with each one being a little redder and less flavorful than the one before it. The double red was one of the first full red strains of Delicious, it retains the true to name flavor of the original. Give it a try; it may be the best Delicious you will ever eat!

SnowSweet

This is the newest apple variety to come from the University of Minnesota. It was named and released in early 2006. It is the result of cross between the old variety ‘Sharon’ and ‘Red Fireside’. We planted a couple of these trees years ago as part of a testing program with the University. Now that the apple has a name, we can sell it to the co-ops.

SnowSweet has a sweet buttery flavor similar to its parent Red Fireside. However, the big difference is its snow- white flesh which is much lighter and juicy than Fireside. It is very slow browning making it great for fruit salads. If you like Fireside you should give this brand new apple variety a try!

 

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