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Fall is for Tasting and Rating University of Minnesota Apple Varieties

Excerpts from Arboretum News, Judy Hohmann, Arboretum Marketing & Public Relations Manager

Zestar in bowl high res_David Hansen.jpgThe University of Minnesota's Horticultural Research Center (HRC) breeds northern-hardy apples. Twenty-six robust varieties of apples have been introduced in the marketplace thus far. Some of these apples will be available for tasting at the Arboretum's Oswald Visitor Center (see weekend apple tasting details below).  Apples for purchase will be available at the Arboretum's AppleHouse in early fall. After 20 years of research, testing, and cultivation, SweeTango® -- the offspring of Honeycrisp and Zestar parentage will burst on the scene this year with predictions over time to jostle Honeycrisp from its superstar perch.  Look for a limited supply of SweeTango® apples for sale at the Arboretum AppleHouse in early Fall.

Photo:  Zestar apples in bowl. David Hansen.

Weekend apple tastings

Sample and rate test apple varieties - each weekend features different apples. Drop in and complete a short survey, and talk with Master Gardeners. Your feedback is compiled for research scientists in the apple breeding program.

  • 1 - 3 pm on September 19 and 20, October 3 and 4; 10 and 11
  • Oswald Visitor Center, Great Hall

Arboretum AppleHouse opens

  • Tuesday, Sept. 1
  • The AppleHouse apple and garden market opens September 1. This is a great source for a variety of freshly picked apples from the trees of the Horticultural Research Center. Continues through October. Located at the intersection of Rolling Acres Road and State Highway 5, just over a mile west of the Arboretum.

® Minneiska apple
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