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Some Highly Recommended Russet Apples
FALL RUSSET APPLE
This is an heirloom variety although its origins are a bit unclear. It was apparently known as early as 1875 or so when it was being grown in Michigan. Fall russet apple tends to be earlier to ripen than most. The small fruits are just ideal for drying and cooking. It has the rich flavor that is characteristic of the russets. The taste is similar to that of a pear.
This russeted apple can vary slightly in color from vivid yellow to yellow-green or pale goldish-tan.
HUNT RUSSET APPLE
Hunt russet is an especially good keeper even for the russets, which are widely known as long lasting fruits. Under good storage conditions (cool and humid), this has apparently lasted for a year or more.
The flavor of Hunt russet becomes milder with age. This heirloom came along a little later than the Roxbury russet and dates to sometime in the late 1700s. This one is said to have originated in Concord, Massachusetts and was named for Hunt Farm where it was first found.
This variety has also been known by other names. At one time, it was a very popular variety in New England.
The very hardy, vigorous tree is long lived. Spreading upright, this is a very high yielding plant that bears excellent quality fruits that are roundish-oblate.
This bears large to medium sized russeted apples. The skin is yellow with a bronzy red cheek on the sunny side. Hunt russet apples are especially heavily russeted with gold.
The tender, whitish, juicy flesh features yellow tinges. This has a wonderful flavor, somewhat like that of a pear. It is acid to subacid.
RAZOR RUSSET APPLE
This is one of the newer russet varieties. It arose as a mutation of the golden delicious. The late W. Armstrong of the University of Kentucky is credited with finding this variety.
The large round fruit is highly russeted. Razor russet makes a wonderful delicious cider. The fruit is very sugary. This is quite different in taste than the bland golden delicious apple. Razor russet is much spicier and sharper tasting.
ROYAL RUSSET APPLES
This is an old English heirloom variety that originated in Oxford prior to 1597. It has long been a popular variety in Europe.
On the continent it is very widely used as a cooking apple. This has a superb flavor. The large fruits are good keepers.
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