An excellent, scab-immune dessert apple.
Keepsake Apple Scionwood (Spring 2023)
An excellent, highly-flavored and disease-resistant storage apple from the University of Minnesota.
Productive and reliable, Keepsake is moderately vigorous, cold hardy, and resistant to fireblight and cedar-apple rust. This apple is a great choice for a "starter tree" or for the organic grower.
The appearance of the apple is considered by many to be unappealing, which might account for its lack of commercial success. It is smallish, somewhat tapering and irregular in shape, and the skin is colored orange-red over creamy white patches. This apple is, however, a parent of Honeycrisp, and its texture and flavor are excellent. It is more dense than Honeycrisp, very crisp, strongly aromatic with floral notes, and spicy. Keepsake is named for its excellent storage quality; it is harvested mid-October in upstate NY, and it will keep well for up to six months in regular storage, developing peak flavor in January.
Keepsake was developed at the University of Minnesota by W. H. Alderman, who also brought us Sweet Sixteen. It is a cross of Malinda and Northern Spy.
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Subcategory: Disease-Resistant, Cold-Hardy, Hot-Climate
Fruit Uses & Storage
Uses: fresh eating, baking, storage
Storage duration: three plus months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)
Skin color: red
Flesh color: yellow
Parentage: Malinda x Northern Spy
Introduced in: 1979
Introduced by: W. H. Alderman, University of Minnesota
Calendar & Geography
USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Oct 20 (approximate, in New York State) + 35 days after McIntosh
Diseases & Pests
Cedar-Apple Rust: Resistant
Bloom group: 4
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Keepsake Apple. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.
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|Golden Russet Apple||0|
|St. Edmund's Russet Apple||0|
|Sturmer Pippin Apple||0|
|Northwest Greening Apple||0|
|Harry Masters Jersey Apple||0|
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