All U of M Apple Varieties

Since the apple breeding program began at the University of Minnesota in 1888, nearly 30 apple varieties have been released. While some are no longer available, we have listed all the current U of M varieties you can purchase from local nurseries.

Early Season Apples

Beacon Apple

Beacon

Bright red apple with soft, juicy flesh and a slightly tart flavor. Tree is hardy, vigorous, and susceptible to fire blight. Introduced in 1936.

Ripens mid- to late August.

Centennial Crabapple

Centennial Crabapple

Large, red over orange crabapple that is excellent for fresh eating and sauce, but does not store well. Tree is very hardy, even in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 3. Introduced in 1957.

Ripens mid- to late August.

State Fair Apple

State Fair

Striped red, juicy, moderately tart fruit good for eating and cooking. The fruit will store for 2 to 4 to weeks. Tree is susceptible to fire blight and somewhat prone to biennial bearing. Introduced in 1977.

Ripens mid- to late August.

SweeTango Apple

SweeTango®

Juice and sweet with hints of fall spices, and deep red coloration over a yellow breaking background. This apple's flavor, balanced by vibrant acidity, inherited the crisp texture of 'Honeycrisp' and the juiciness of 'Zestar!®'.

Ripens in early September.

Zestar! Apple

Zestar!®

Large, crunchy, juicy red fruit with a sprightly sweet-tart flavor. Excellent for both fresh eating and cooking. The fruit will store for 6 to 8 weeks. Tree is vigorous, upright and very susceptible to apple scab. Introduced in 1999.

Ripens late August to early September.

Mid-Season Apples

Chestnut Crabapple

Chestnut Crabapple

Large, russeted crabapple with a rich, nutty flavor. Best for fresh eating or sauce. The fruit stores for 4 to 5 weeks. Introduced in 1949.

Ripens early September.

Red Baron Apple

Red Baron

Medium-size red and yellow apple with juicy flesh and a mild sweet flavor. Good for fresh eating with a storage life of 4 to 5 weeks. Tree is hardy and resistant to fire blight. Introduced in 1970.

Ripens mid-September.

Sweet Sixteen Apple

Sweet Sixteen

Crisp and juicy with an exotic yellow flesh and a very sweet, unusual sugar cane or spicy cherry candy flavor. The fruit stores for 5 to 8 weeks. Tree is very vigorous and fruit may be subject to premature drops. Introduced in 1977.

Ripens mid- to late September.

Varieties List - Honeycrisp

Honeycrisp

Large, dappled red fruit with a well-balanced flavor, outstanding crispness and juiciness. Best for fresh eating and salads as the flesh is slow to brown. Tree has low to medium vigor and excellent scab resistance. Fruit will easily store 7 or more months, a benefit for small commercial growers. Read more about Honeycrisp.

Ripens late September.

Late Season Apples

Honeygold Apple

Honeygold

Golden to yellow-green fruit that is sweet, crisp, and juicy. Excellent for fresh eating and also good for cooking. The fruit will store for 2 to 3 months. Tree is easy to manage but susceptible to fire blight. Introduced in 1970.

Ripens late September.

Haralson Apple

Haralson

Firm texture with a complex tart flavor. Good for fresh eating and cooking. Especially good pie apple. The fruit will store for 4 to 5 months. Tree is of low vigor and easily trained. Tends to be biennial bearing. Fruit may be prone to watercore and russeting. Introduced in 1922.

Ripens late September to early October.

Frostbite Apple

Frostbite™

Intensely sweet, firm and juicy flesh. Stripped maroon-red and gold-yellow, 2 1/2" diameter fruit. Fruit may be prone to russeting. Excellent for cider. Introduced in 2008.

Ripens late September to mid-October.

Regent Apple

Regent

Appealing red-striped apple with well-balanced flavor that is good for eating and cooking. The fruit will store for 4 to 5 months. Tree is moderately vigorous and easily trained. Susceptible to apple scab and of moderate hardiness. Introduced in 1964.

Ripens early to mid-October.

SnowSweet Apple

SnowSweet®

Savory, sweet tasting apple, with a slight tart balance and rich overtones. Amazingly slow to turn brown when cut. Appealing, large, bronze-red blush fruit. Excellent for fresh eating, snack trays, and salads. Introduced in 2006.

Ripens mid-October.

Fireside Apple

Fireside/Connell Red

Very large fruit with sweet flavor and fine-grained flesh good for fresh eating, salad, and baked apples. Tree is vigorous and weeping. Introduced in 1943.

Ripens mid-October.

Keepsake Apple

Keepsake

Very hard and crisp with yellow flesh and an exotic sweet, spicy flavor. Good for fresh eating and cooking. The fruit will store for 6 months. Tree is of medium vigor and easy to manage. Introduced in 1978.

Ripens mid-October.

Prairie Spy Apple

Prairie Spy

Large, firm, dense fruit that is excellent for baking and long-term storage. Tree is very vigorous and productive. Introduced in 1940.

Ripens late October.


SnowSweet® (Wildung variety), Zestar!® (Minnewashta variety), and SweeTango® (Minneiska variety) are registered trademarks of the University of Minnesota. Frostbite™ is a trademark of the University of Minnesota.