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Keepsake

Identification: Medium, tending to large. Conic with ribbed sides, often irregular. Pale green background washed with dull red over 90%. White lenticels. Some russeting. The stem is short. Thick skinned.

Characteristics: The flesh is yellowish, fine grained, very crisp and somewhat hard. Juicy, very sweet, slightly acidic with rose petal and pineapple aromas which become prominent after six weeks in storage.

Uses: An excellent tasting apple for fresh eating. Also wonderful in pies and sauces. Often used for making cider. Does not brown when exposed to air.

Origins: Developed in 1936 by W.H. Alderman by crossing Frostbite with Northern Spy at the University of Minnesota's Horticultural Research Center in Excelsior, Minnesota (U.S.A.). Introduced in 1978.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, upright spreading tree. Slow to start bearing, and tends to produce fruit annually. Needs a long autumn to mature fully. Tolerates Hardiness Zones 3 to 6.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

24 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps for up to six months in cold storage. Best flavours develop in storage.

Vulnerabilities: Resistant to scab, mildew, blight and cedar apple rust.

Harvest: Ready for harvest in the first half the fifth period (155 to 170 days after petal fall).

Status: dual

Pollination group: D

Pollination day: 14

Keepsake

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