One of the best-flavored early apples for northern growers. The result of a 1949 breeding project that merged several of our most important hardy summer-fall varieties. From Mantet, the medium-sized fruit’s glossy red skin and all-around excellent flavor. From Oriole, its fine-grained texture, subacid flavor, and its rounded medium-sized tree. From its grandparent Tetofsky, its round shape and crisp tender juicy flesh. From Yellow Transparent (another grandparent), its productive and precocious nature, and its excellent culinary quality.
From all these ancestors comes its great hardiness. It has reportedly survived and fruited after temperatures of –40°. Keeps well for a summer apple. Ripens in time for the Minnesota State Fair, late August into early September. Z3
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