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Apple Varieties of New York State

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Zestar!®


Zestar!®

An early season apple that’s juicy, with a light and crisp texture. Developed at the University of Minnesota, Zestar! trees are especially hardy and handle cold weather beautifully. Like the name says, there’s zesty flavor and crunch when you bite into one.

Profile
  • Crisp and juicy
  • Sprightly, sweet/tart taste with a hint of brown sugar
Best Uses
  • Excellent for eating
Special Hint
  • Zestar! apples maintain their great taste and crunch for two months in refrigeration, so you can keep that zesty crunch after hours in a lunchbox, days in a fruit bowl, or even weeks in the refrigerator.
Availability
  • Late August through October

Even More NY Apple Varieties


Wait: there are more! The apple varieties on this chart may not be widely available, but all are grown annually in New York State. If you are interested, discover a grower/farm market that produces each of these varieties – and others – on our locator maps.
Apple VarietyFlavor ProfileBest UsesAvailability
Baldwin* Tart Eat, Sauce, Bake, Pie Oct. - April
Golden Russet* Sweet Eat, Salad, Sauce, Pie Oct. - Dec.
Golden Supreme* Sweet Eat, Salad, Sauce Sept. - April
Jonathan Tart Eat, Salad, Sauce, Pie Sept. - April
Lady* Sweet Eat, Decorative Nov. - Dec.
Liberty* Sweet Eat Sept. - Dec.
Lodi* Tart Sauce, Pie July - Sept.
Monroe* Tart - sweet Eat, Salad, Sauce, Bake Oct. - Dec.
Newtown Pippin* Sweet Eat, Salad, Bake Oct. - Dec.
Northern Spy Tart Eat, Sauce, Bake, Pie, Freeze Oct. - Dec.
Pound Sweet* Sweet Bake October
Rhode Island Greening* Tart Sauce, Pie, Bake Oct. - Feb.
Spigold* Sweet Eat, Pie Oct. - Nov.
Stayman/Winesap* Sweet Eat, Salad, Sauce, Bake, Pie Oct. - April
Tydeman Sweet Eat Aug. - Sept.
Yellow Transparent* Tart Pie July - Sept.

* These can only be found at farm markets and roadside stands, not in grocery stores.