Keepsake Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Winter. MN 1593 (MN 447 x Northern Spy) U Minn, 1979. Aptly named fruit keeps until June or even July in the root cellar. Very fine-textured light yellow flesh is hard, crisp, juicy and sweet. Excellent aromatic flavor, but you must wait at least a month after picking. The irregular conic medium-sized fruit is almost entirely overlaid with stripes and a wash of very deep red. Moderately vigorous medium-sized tree usually bears annual crops. A northern grower on the North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX) email discussion group called it “my most agreeable, reliable, grower overwhelmingly friendly apple. I have to thin the whoopee out of it every year. Big fruit. Big taste. Keepsake! Keepsake! Keepsake!” Recently discovered to be one of the parents of the sensational Honeycrisp. Somewhat resistant to scab. Blooms late. Z3-5.
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