Frostbite Apple


Frostbite Apple

Fall-Winter. MN 447. Unknown parentage. First fruited in 1921; named and introduced by the U Minn in 2008. Lost in the dustbin of weird apples for nearly 90 years before it was finally named and released.

A massively flavored dessert apple, the one we most look forward to on our farm each fall. Likely the most distinctive, complex and unusually flavored apple you’ll ever try. Astonished eaters have described it as tasting like molasses, olives, sugar cane, cheap whisky, yogurt, tobacco juice, and so on. We love it. The aromatic crisp crystalline apricot-orange flesh, with its occasional red staining, is so juicy it might run down your hand. The roundish fruit is medium-sized and entirely covered with dark bluish-purple stripes.

Extremely hardy, productive and reliable; at its best in colder districts. One of the parents of the popular Sweet Sixteen. Blooms midseason. Z3. Maine Grown. (Semi-dwarf: 2½-5' bare-root trees)

131 Frostbite
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131B: on Bud 118 semi-dwarfing stock, 1 for $32.75
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All apple trees require a second variety for pollination.

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About Apples
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About Cider Apples
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About Apple rootstocks