Mid-Season 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 mid-season U of M varieties many of which you can purchase from local nurseries and orchards.

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. The 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. The tree is very vigorous and fruit may be subject to premature drops. Introduced in 1977.

Ripens mid- to late September.

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Limited Tree Availability, Fruit Expected in 2025

Medium sized red fruit with a well-balanced flavor that is pleasantly tart. The tree has medium vigor, good fruit adherance and excellent scab resistance and good shelf life. A great option for direct market and organic producers. 

Ripens mid to late September.

Varieties List - 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. The 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.

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