Golden Russet Apple Tree Overview
The Golden Russet apple tree bears apples that have wide variety of uses. For example, from producing apple cider to making dessert to eating fresh, it is your apple of choice! Origin of Golden Russet dates back to 1800s discovered as a chance seedling in New Jersey, United States.
Though sometimes confused for the English Russet, Golden Russet is a unique apple variety with golden yellow color and a lot of russeting. Early in the season, Golden Russet apples have tartness which is great for eating them fresh. After that, once the apple ripens the taste becomes more sweet. Usually harvested in late season, Golden Russets are a good choice if you want an apple variety that keeps well in storage. An additional benefit to this apple variety is that it has somewhat good disease resistance.
Some of the popular uses of Golden Russet include eating it as a dessert apple, making dried apple rings, or making sweet flavored cider. If cooked or baked, the apple becomes quiete mealy.
- Uses: cooking, juice, hard cider, dessert, eating fresh, drying
- Taste: sweet, sharp, aromatic, some tartness, nutty flavor
- Size: small to large sized
- Color: yellow gold colored fruit, white to cream, pale yellow flesh, heavily russeted
- Hardiness Zones: 4-8
- Disease resistance:
- Scab – resistant
- Blight – somewhat resistant
- Harvest period: 4, late season. Apples stay on trees into winter.
- Flowering period: early to mid season
- Flowering Group: 2
- Cross pollinates with: Alkmene, Crimson Crisp, Duchess of Oldenburg, Galarina, Macoun, Melrose, Pink Lady, Rubinette, Suncrisp, Wickson, William’s Pride, Winecrisp, Wolf River to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous. Produces good heavy crops every other year. Is a good apple of choice for cold winters as it can tolerate the cold.
- Storage: Can keep well in storage for up to five months.