SnowSweet® is becoming increasingly popular because of its delightful sweet taste, with a slight tart balance and rich overtones. Plus, it has a unique characteristic that consumers love. The fruit's snowy white flesh is very slow to oxidize and turn brown after cutting. SnowSweet® can be sliced for snacking or cut for salads well in advance and dishes maintain an appetizing appearance.

SnowSweet® is truly a late-season treat. 


  • Savory taste - Can an apple taste sweet and almost buttery? Yes. The SnowSweet® apple is sweet with a slight tart balance and rich overtones. As one of our taste testers described it, "This apple has substance. It's satisfying." Great taste is definitely the best feature of SnowSweet®.
  • Long lasting snowy white flesh - The second outstanding feature of SnowSweet® is its firm, snow white flesh. After being cut and exposed to air, a SnowSweet® apple is slow to oxidize. You can slice samples ahead for display and offer eye appealing taste tests later. Consumers can prepare apples in advance for attractive snacks or salads.
  • Appetizing appearance - The SnowSweet® apple consistently produces oblate fruit that averages 3 inches in diameter. It's a late season apple that develops an eye catching 70-85% bronze-red blush over a green-yellow background.
  • Cold Hardy - SnowSweet® is a shining example of the University of Minnesota's expertise in the development of cold hardy varieties. U of M research scientists conducted controlled freezing tests and extensive field studies to assure that SnowSweet® trees will meet the challenges of northern apple-growing regions.
  • Quality Heritage - SnowSweet® is a hybrid between Sharon and Connell Red.

Growing Availability

SnowSweet® was introduced in early 2006. Licensed nurseries propagate SnowSweet® trees for planting. If you are a grower, please contact a licensed nursery (see lists below). Be sure you savor the sweet success of SnowSweet®.



  • Texture: Fine. Firm to crisp.
  • Features: Flesh is very slow to oxidize when exposed to air. High fruit quality and cold hardiness.
  • Fruit shape: Oblate (wider than tall)
  • Fruit size: 2.8 to 3.1 inches (7.1-7.9 cm) Not many over-sized or small, unripe fruit
  • Color: 70-85% bronze-red blush
  • Storage life: 1-1/2 to 2 months in common storage (34-37°F)
  • Culinary use: Excellent for fresh eating, snack trays, salads, sauces


  • Region: Zone 4a hardy, USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map. Appears comparable to Haralson and Honeycrisp. Grows best in northern U.S., Canada and areas with a relatively cooler climate.
  • Growth habit: Somewhat pendant (drooping) and open
  • Vigor: Moderate
  • Productivity: Annual
  • Bloom: Mid
  • Ripening season: Late, approximately 2 weeks after Honeycrisp
  • Fruit adherence: Good

Disease resistance

  • Scab: Average to above average resistance
  • Fire blight: Above average resistance

SnowSweet® (Wildung variety) is a registered trademark owned by the Regents of the University of Minnesota.

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