State Fair Apple
This apple ripens around the time of the Minnesota State Fair, hence the name, and is the parent of another earl variety also of UofM: Zestar. Developed in the 1970s by the UofM Apple Breeding Program~ which has produced scores of cold hardy apple varieties~ as another cold hardy option for northern orchards. Released to the public in 1979.
Created by crossing the Mantet with the Oriole apples, the University was able to create a firm early apple that bakes well. It should be used within a couple of weeks for best flavor and texture. The apple is large, round, and very sweet with just a hint of tartness. Its skin is bright red and very shiny. Easy to eat it tastes delicious off the tree and works well with, usually tarter, other early apples.
USDA Zone: 3-8
Mature Height: EMLA 7: ~15' or 60% of Standard, Semi-Dwarf
Sun: Full Sun
Pollination: Required tree is not self-fertile
Bloom Group: 2, Early Mid-Season
Harvest/Ripening Time: Late August