Rediscovered and cultivated at Michigan State U by plant geneticist Dr. Steve van Nocker and botanist Chris Gottschalk, who have done extensive research and trials on red-fleshed apple varieties and started the Michigan PureRed breeding program. Otterson was selected as one of the best from more than a hundred varieties for its size, vigor and disease resistance, as well as its deep red juice, high in anthocyanins and antioxidants.
Medium-sized round fruit are DARK red inside and out. Cidermakers have pressed and fermented Otterson into rosé cider, winning honors at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition. On trial around the U.S. and growing well in one of our local Maine nurseries. Highly ornamental purple-red foliage and pink flowers.
Early to midseason bloomer. Z4.
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