Apple Variety Descriptions

Most descriptions are listed in my excel file -many I do not have yet but interested in acquiring. Below is from Bob Purvis Homedale, ID

    Arlet:  Ripens with Gala, also known as Swiss Gourmet, good frost resistance, slight tendency to pre-harvest drop, keeps well.  Hardy into USDA Zone 2.  Fruits medium to large, pleasing sweet-tart flavor, good dual-purpose apple.
    Braeburn, Hillwells Early sport with excellent keeping qualities and flavor, keeps as long as Enterprise- about 8 months. Braeburn is Apple Scab prone but otherwise resistant to
    Chestnut Crab:  Tree size is small, excellent pollenizer for early to mid-blooming apples.  Fruit size is about 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 inches, flavor sweet with no astringency, popular apple in MN for schoolchildren.  Keeps about a month in refrigeration.
    Frostbite (MN 447):  Introduced circa 2007 by U of MN, fruit size medium, unique sweet flavor resembles tropical punch, ripens late September to early October, keeps at least 3 months.  Tree is spreading to upright, vigor moderate, presumed hardy throughout USDA Zone 3.
    Fuji (September Wonder strain):  This widely popular eating apple survived and fruited well for me in E central MN (Cottage Grove) in a sheltered location, but it is too tender to survive cold, windy conditions on the open prairie in SW Minnesota.
    Ginger Gold:   Ripens early Sept. in central MN, tree is precocious, producing big yellow, sweet apples with a hint of anise that keep for about 4-5 months in common refrigeration.   Flavor intense if left to ripen to bronze color on tree.   Fruits hang well.
    Haralson:   The most widely planted apple in MN, tree is somewhat spreading, not large; fruit russets in rainy climates.   Good for both fresh eating and cooking; slightly tart flesh, keeps about 4-5 months.
    Harrison: Cider apple, originating in NJ.  Harrison alone will make good apple cider
    Hokuto:   Vigorous tree, Fuji x Mutsu.  Not as well colored as, but larger and just as flavorful as Fuji.  Hardy in zone 4a.  Excellent keeper.  Triploid pollen, not a good pollenizer for other apple cultivars.
    Honey Crisp:  Ripe mid-late September, sweet mild flavor, fruits large and exceptionally crisp, keeping 6 months in cold storage.  Fruits susceptible to bitter pit on vigorous rootstocks. 
    Jonamac:  McIntosh x Jonathan cross from Geneva, NY, introd. 1972.  Tree size is medium, upright-spreading, moderate vigor, productive, good pollenizer for early and mid-season blooming cultivars. Fruit ripens 8 days before McIntosh, is dark red, round, medium sized, flesh nearly white, moderately firm.  Fruit is for dessert only, not processing.  For me, it is still good eating in February.  Jonamac is grown commercially in western Oregon.
    Keepsake:   Mother of Honey Crisp, exceptional keeper, red, medium sized to large, very dense flesh, unique sweet flavor.  Tree vigor low to moderate, spreading growth habit, hardy in Zone 3 but ripens late.
    Kidd’s Orange Red: New Zealand cross of Cox’s Orange Pippin x Red Delicious, mother of Gala, does best in warmer climates.
    Liberty:   Scab-resistant, Mac-type apple, keeps about 4 months in storage, good sweet-tart flavor.  Must be thinned for best size.   Fruit is unusually attractive to plum curculio.
    MN 1628:  Quite similar in many respects to Keepsake, ripens slightly earlier, tree more vigorous, spreading growth habit.  Red stripes over yellow-ocher background, with yellowish flesh, complex sweet flavor, dense flesh, keeps till late spring.  Has displaced Fuji as my wife’s favorite apple.
    Oriole:   Precocious, ripens early August in central MN.   A good early-August cooking apple in MN, but an excellent eating apple in S. central Alaska, where it ripens late September.   Fruits yellow, very large, up to 3-1/2 inches in Alaska, but will not keep over a month.  Does best in cool climates.
    Prairie Spy:  Older MN apple, low vigor, somewhat spreading growth habit, late blooming, very precocious.  Fruits large, somewhat flattened, good keepers, excellent for pies and OK for fresh eating.  Has proven heat-tolerant in SW Idaho.
    Rubinette:  A Golden Delicious x Cox Orange Pippin cross from Switzerland.  Tree growth habit like that of Golden Delicious, low vigor, moderately scab resistant, worth a try in Zone 3.  Fruit ripens mid October, size medium, aromatic dense sweet, high-flavored flesh, very high quality.  Color is dull red stripe over golden background, much russet.  Fruit will keep till spring.
    September Wonder:  Golden Delicious x Indo cross. Tree upright to spreading, moderate vigor.  Fruit is large, skin yellow with pink blush, ripens late Sept. in SW Idaho.  Flesh is fine-textured, complex sweet flavor, very crisp, stores till April.
    Snowsweet:  U of MN introduction about 2005, fruits large, crisp, very sweet and low acid, flesh is fine-grained, juicy, does not brown when cut.  Ripens mid to late September and keeps for at least 4 months.
    Spigold:  Triploid cross of Northern Spy with Golden Delicious.  Tree is vigorous.  Fruits large, good flavor, red over yellow background.
Sundance:  Large, pale yellow, crisp apples, tart when picked.  Ripens October in SW Idaho.
    Sweet 16:   Vigorous, upright-growing tree, apples have unique, cherry-lifesaver undertones to otherwise sweet flavor if left to ripen fully on tree.   Best grown on dwarf or semi-dwarf rootstocks.   Fruits keep 2-3 months.
    Zestar!:   Precocious late-summer apple, best grown on dwarf or semi-dwarf stocks because of its vigor.  Fruits have a perfect sugar-acid blend, size medium to large, ripe about Sept. 1 in central MN, optimal keeping period 7 weeks but are still pretty good at Christmas.
    Zabergau reinette: A favorite complex apple, early-mid October, triploid, spur-bearing, best in the first month.

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