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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Apple Varieties at Lapacek's Orchard

Apple Varieties with approximate ripening date and short description Listed in order of ripening.

*ripening dates may vary year to year due to a variety of factors.

I have also tried to hot link our varieties so you can easily learn more about them. 

Chenango Strawberry – August 13th planted in Spring 2011 - first crop expected 2014 Strawberry scented! Fragrant fresh eating medium to large fruit with red striped skin. Harvest early for best results.

Duchess - August 15th
Tart and juicy. Good for eating, but best for pies and sauces. Short storage life. Russia, 1700, introduced into England c. 1815.
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Sansa - August 15th Firm, juicy, crisp and sweet. Flesh is green-white. Gala x Akane cross developed in Japan. 
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William's Pride - August 15th Firm texture. Intense sweet-tart flavor. PRI 1018-101 x NJ 50; PRI (Purdue, Rutgers, Illinois Co Op), 1988. 
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Dandee Red - August 15th Similar to McIntosh with pleasingly tart, crisp, creamy white flesh. Good keeper for an early apple. New trees in 2008. 
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Paulared - August 15th
Related to McIntosh, makes a beautiful pink applesauce. Good for eating and pies. Very popular early apple but is not a keeper.

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Scarlet –August 15th A surprising first bite! Everything about this apple is rosy: red flesh, reddish leaves and bark, red skin. Tastes great, too.
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Red Gravenstein – August 15th  Keeps shape when cooked. Sweet/sharp flavor.
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Zestar! - August 16th
Juicy with a light, crisp texture and a sprightly sweet-tart taste with a hint of brown sugar. Excellent for fresh eating and cooking. State Fair x MN 1691 cross released by University of Minnesota in 1999. 

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Akane - August 22nd  Akane is an excellent early season apple with an unusually good balance of sweet and sharp flavors. The flesh is firm rather than crisp, but with plenty of juice. Akane was developed in Japan in the 1930s, and represents an unusual marriage of the classic English early variety, Worcester Pearmain, and the high quality American heritage apple variety, Jonathan - and it is a marriage that works very successfully.
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Hazen - August 24th Greenish yellow, medium firm, juicy, very sweet flesh; mildly subacid flavor. Pleasant for eating, good dessert and cooking apple. Short storage life. Duchess Oldenburg x Starking Delicious; North Dakota University, introduced in 1980. New trees in 2006. *heirloom*

Ginger Gold - August 26th
The earliest Golden Delicious type apple. Doesn't discolor when cut and holds its shape when baked. Golden Delicious x Albermarle Pippin cross from Virginia. 

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Jonamac - August 26th High quality McIntosh-type dessert apple. Firm and crisp. McIntosh x Jonathan; Developed by the NY State Agricultural Experiment Station, introduced in 1972. 
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Wealthy - August 28th Striped red fruit with a tart balanced flavor. Multi-purpose apple, but especially good for cooking. Keeps well. Cherry Crab x Sops of Wine; Minnesota, 1861.

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Gala- August 29th Excellent for fresh eating. Very pretty with firm, juicy, fine textured, yellow white flesh and a sweet flavor. Kidd's Orange Red x Golden Delicious; New Zealand, 1934.
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Jonathon - Sept 5th Crisp and juicy with yellowish white flesh and an aromatic, "appley" flavor. Great for eating and cooking. New York, 1862

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McIntosh - Sept 6th Classic all-around favorite. Mildly tart with a soft texture when cooked. Gives applesauce a spicy kick. Bakes up juicy and tender. Fameuse x Detrait Red cross. Ontario, Canada 1798.
Farmer Frank's Favorite!
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Silken - Sept 7th Crisp, juicy, excellent flavor. Short season, not a keeper. Honeygold x Sunrise; Agriculture Canada, Summerland, BC 
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Cortland - Sept 8th Big, with dark stripes, perfumed, slightly acid, very good flavor. Keeps shape in cooking. Pure white flesh stays white after cutting. Stores well. McIntosh x Ben Davis; Geneva, New York 1915. 
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Honeycrisp - Sept 9th
Explosively crisp and juicy with pure good taste--aromatic, clean, and sweet-tart. Flesh is slow to brown. Honeygold x Macoun cross released by University of Minnesota in 1991. 

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Arlet (Swiss Gourmet) - Sept 10th
2010 Plant - expect first apples in 2012 The Arlet is also known as the Swiss Gourmet and is a medium-large apple, with a classic shape: a bit conical and ribbed. The Arlet's fine-grained creamy-white flesh is juicy and firm with a nice crunch that tends to melt away in your mouth. The Arlet has a sweetness that almost masks the complex flavor of a hit of berries, melon, and sugar cane. It has some tartness that rescues it from sugary banality. This is a modern apple for modern tastes.

Smokehouse - Sept 10th Flesh is crisp, yellowish, moderately fine-grained. Fresh cider flavor. Very good quality cooking, eating, and baking apple. Keeps well. Open pollinated seedling of Vandevere found in Pennsylvania about 1837. *heirloom*
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Cox Orange Pippin - Sept 10  It arose in England in the 19th century as a chance seedling, and has inspired apple lovers ever since. It remains unsurpassed for its richness and complexity of flavor. Two characteristics tend to be apparent in its offspring to a greater or lesser extent. Firstly the relatively pronounced and complex "aromatic" flavor which elevates it above most other varieties. Secondly, the striking and attractive orange-red coloring. When shaken, the seeds make a rattling sound as they are only loosely held in the apple flesh, whereas other apples have their seeds contained as part of the apple flesh.

Frostbite – Sept 10th  The Frostbite™ Apple packs a punch. It's almost tangy, very sweet, and juicy. Biting into a Frostbite™ is almost like biting into a piece of sugarcane. Savoring its juice tastes almost like molasses melting in your mouth. By its late harvest season, Frostbite™ fruit is only about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Its firm and juicy, cream colored flesh, delivers small, intensely sweet bites. This apple is great for making cider. Keep 3 to 4 months refrigerated.

Rebella – Sept 12th  This large, elongated red apple has a pleasing combination of sweet and tart flavors. It ripens in late September and is resistant to scab, mildew, fire blight, cedar apple rust, and red mite.

Haralson - Sept 12th 
Hard and crisp with a complex tart flavor. Good for fresh eating and cooking. Especially good pie apple. Released by University of Minnesota in 1922. 

Crimson Crisp - Sept 13th
Very firm, crisp texture with a tart, rich flavor. Purdue Research Foundation 2006.

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Crimson Gold - September 15th
planted in Spring 2013 - first crop expected 2017
Great fresh eating apple.  Best for baking.  Keeps it's shape when cooked. Superior dessert and cider apple.  Robust and bright flavors.  Cross between two heirlooms Yellow Newtown Apple and an Esopus Spitzenburg 

Spartan - Sept 15th Pure white juicy, crisp flesh. Has an excellent aromatic, vinous flavor. Great for cooking and eating. McIntosh x Newton Pippin; Developed at the British Columbia Station. Introduced 1936. 

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Smoothee Golden Delicious - September 15th  Crisp, juicy flesh on the coarser side of fine-grained.  Very similar flavor to the Golden Delicious - sweet, mild, and rich.  Often referred to as the 'Improved Golden Delicious.'

Macoun - Sept 15th
Excellent dessert apple. Flesh is white, firm, and very high quality. Crisp texture and well-balanced flavor. A roadside favorite. McIntosh x Jersey Black cross developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva and introduced in 1932.
Diane's FAVORITE apple! 

Jumbo – Sept 16th  Weighs up to 2½ pounds! Get your pie crust ready—just one of these giants makes a heavenly pie

Shizuka - Sept 17th A Crispin/Mutsu, Golden Delicious type apple with good flavor. One of our new varieties that is quicky becoming a customer favorite.  Golden Delicious x Indo; Japan.

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Wolf River - Sept 18th 
An old variety that originated near the Wolf River in Wisconsin at about the close of the Civil War. Best know for its large size. Primarily used as a cooking apple. Probable seedling of Alexander; Wisconsin, 1875. 

Empire - Sept 21st Creamy white juicy, moderately subacid flesh. High quality. Also good for cider. McIntosh x Red Delicious; Geneva, New York 1966.
Farmer Jared's FAVORITE APPLE! 

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Snow Sweet - Sept 21st Crisp texture with a sweet, almost buttery taste. Sharon x Connell Red cross released by University of Minnesota in 2006. 

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Regent - Sept 24th
Flesh is juicy and crisp. Flavor is an outstanding balance of sweet and tart. Excellent for fresh eating and cooking. Good storage life. Red Duchess x Red Delicious; University of Minnesota, introduced 1964. 

Bonnies Best- Sept 24th  Fruits are large with attractive pale red striping. Flesh is creamy color, crunchy, tender, juicy and slightly tart. Keeps well in storage. Top notch for pies, canning and fresh use.

NW Greening - Sept 26th Large, green apple. Flesh is dense and tart. Good keeper. Good for cooking. Golden Russet x Alexander; Wisconsin, 1872 *heirloom*
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Northern Spy – September 28th  Skin color is a green ground, flushed with red stripes where not shaded, and it produces fairly late in the season. The white flesh is juicy, crisp and mildly sweet with a rich, aromatic sub acid flavor, noted for high vitamin C content. Its characteristic flavor is more tart than most popular varieties, and its flesh is harder/crunchier than most, with a thin skin. It is commonly used for desserts and pies, but is also used for juices and cider. The Northern Spy is also an excellent apple for storage.

Tolman Sweet - Sept 30th An antique variety that is very sweet, tender and rich. The skin is light yellow, faintly russeted. Good for cooking, eating and cider-making. Believed to be Sweet Greening x Russet cross from about 1822. *heirloom*
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Melrose – Sept 30th 
Official Ohio State apple. Large flattened fruit. Yellowish green skin flushed and streaked dark red with russet spots. Firm, coarse, juicy creamy white flesh. Slightly acid flavor. Very good cooking and dessert qualities. Best after Christmas when it develops it's fruity aroma.

Fireside - Oct 1st Very large fruit with sweet, pleasant flavor and fine-grained flesh good for fresh eating, salad, and baked apples. Good storage life. McIntosh x Longfield cross released by the University of Minnesota in 1943.Saucesational Analysis

Fameuse(Sno) - Oct 1st  Is a fairly small bright red/crimson apple with bright white flesh and a distinctive sweet flavor. Good for eating, juice. Keeps 1 to 2 months.

Jonagold - Oct 4th Firm, crackling, juicy, slightly tart, flesh. Superb, rich, full flavor. Finest dessert and eating quality. Good cooking properties. Will store in common refrigerator for 3 months. Jonathan x Golden Delicious cross. 
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Red Delicious - Oct 4th (after the first frost)
Tough skinned, juicy and sweet eating apple. 

Fuji - Oct 5th
A sweet, crisp, fine textured, complex flavored apple. A treat for fresh eating! Stores well and stays crisp. Ralls Janet x Delicious; Japan 1962.

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Honeygold - Oct 7th  Sweet, crisp, and juicy. Excellent for fresh eating and also good for cooking. Golden Delicious and Haralson cross developed at University of Minnesota. Introduced in 1970.

Golden Delicious - Oct 7th  Sweet, juicy and crisp. Great for fresh eating and pies. Holds shape when baked. Chance seedling of Grimes Golden; West Virginia, Introduced in 1900. 
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Idared - Oct 7th Crisp, tart, all purpose apple. A great keeper that makes wonderful pies. Flavor mellows in storage. Jonathan x Wagener cross. Moscow, Idaho, 1935. 
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Cameo - Oct 8th Firm and crisp with a highly appealing subacid, aromatic flavor. Creamy white flesh doesn't brown when cut. Possibly Red Delicious x Golden Delicious found growing in Washington state. 

Sweet 16 - Oct 14th The Sweet Sixteen is a rosy red, smooth finished, fine-textured, crisp, high sugar, moderate acid apple with a unique pleasing flavor. The flesh is fine-textured and crisp. Good storage and baking properties. Sweet 16 is across of the MN 447 x Northern Spy and introduced by the University of Minnesota's Horticulture Center in 1978.

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Granny Smith - Oct 15th
A very late maturing, late keeping large, green, slippery skinned, dual purpose cooking/eating apple. The flesh is hard, crisp, and juicy with a tart flavor. Australia, 1850.
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Braeburn - Oct 15th 
Unfortunately due to extreme weather, all of our Braeburn trees died after the 2013/2014 winter.  We did happen to plant more Braeburn trees during the Spring of 2014 so our first new crop is expected in 2017.
Crisp, sweet, and has very good flavor. Makes an excellent sauce needing little or no sugar. Possibly an open pollinated seedling of Lady Hamil; New Zealand, 1952.

Keepsake - October 15th-ish - planted in Spring 2014 - first crop expected 2017 Fine grained, hard, very crisp, juicy light yellow flesh. Strongly aromatic flavor. Very hardy. Mellows with age. Attains peak fresh eating quality in January or February. Keeps in storage through April.

Arkansas Black - October 15th - Fairly tart when fresh-picked, the apples mellow with storage. Arkansas Blacks are considered an excellent keeping apple, and can be stored for six months in appropriate conditions

Pink Lady (Cripps Pink) - Nov 1st  The apple is both sweet and crisp. It is the significant change in temperature between night and day in the autumn that gives the apples their pink color. Great keeper. Developed in the 1970s by John Cripps. A cross between the Golden Delicious and Lady Williams.

Winesap – Nov 1st It can be eaten fresh but is primarily a culinary apple, also popular for juice/cider production. Can be kept in natural storage for 3 months. Sweet with tangy finish. Reddish blush flecked with some green. Cider. Eating.

At this time our apples are all pre-picked - mostly by Frank and Jared.  My parents come and help a bunch too though!


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