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Summary: This is likely the same apple as Winekist Dakotas .

Identification: Small to medium size, round to round conic. Wine red with darker stripes. Small, light-coloured lenticles. The eye is medium size and partly open, set in a medium deep and wide basin. The stem is somewhat long and medium thick, set in a deep and narrow cavity. Thick-skinned.

Characteristics: The flesh is beet red, coarse-grained and crisp. Very juicy and very tart. Cranberry flavours.

Uses: Makes an intensely pink, tart apple sauce. Also used for making cider. Rather sour for fresh eating, but some people like it that way. Cranberry flavours.

Origins: An open pollinated seedling of Niedwetzskyana grown by orchardist and variety collector Morris Towle of Winthrop, Maine (U.S.A.). Introduced in 1949. An identical apple with the same breeding was apparently developed by Carl Hansen of Brookings, South Dakota (U.S.A.). Also recorded to have been introduced in 1949. See Winekist Dakotas.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous. Grows to about four metres in height, often smaller. Slow to start producing fruit on its own roots. Does best in Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Notes: The wood is pink when cut open, The leaves have a reddish, coppery tinge.

Cold storage: Does not keep well.

Harvest: In the the last half of the third period and into the fourth.

Harvest period: 3

Status: culinary

Flowers: Pink