Saturday, 20 October 2007

Russet Apples

Russet ApplesRusset apples are a subset of apples, rather than one particular variety - Wikipedia lists 14 different varieties, and there are surely many more. However, I have never seen them sold as anything other than generic russets. The Canadian Apple site lists only Golden Russets for Ontario, so that may very well be what I have been getting. Golden Russets are a variety dating from the mid 1800's in New York State. The tree is hardy and disease-resistant.

They are a medium to small apple, with the typical rough brown patches on the skins which give them their name. Individual apples vary from having little russeting to being completely covered in it. The apples have a fine sweet-sour tangyness, and are good for eating, cooking, cider and drying. In particular, the (presumably hard) cider made from this apple is frequently compared to champagne, which I am inclined to take as hyperbole. We particularly like this apple for munching.

In spite of the rough look of the skin, it is not particularly thick or tough. They can be stored for a little while, but are not one of the better apples for storing, and can be expected to disappear from the markets after Christmas.

Golden Russet Apple on Foodista


Sarah said...

I love these, but always have trouble finding them. Yay for fall!

Igor Zvorygin said...

Ya, I like them too and must admit that they are not only rare in stores, but also a bit on expensive side.
Between September and December, sometimes later, they can be found in Highlang Farm (and Coppa's), or in ethnic Ukrainian and Russian stores.

Dpras said...

I've been to a few orchards in Southwestern Ontario where they have a handful (6-12) of russet apple trees. It's almost a novelty item that they keep it for display. I have loved then since childhood having grown up in Kitchener Waterloo area. Just took my 3 girls apple picking firt week of October, they love the russet apples too.

Unknown said...

Simply the best apple - they were always my Dad's favourite as they had a couple of trees on the farm near Hamilton. They are getting harder and harder to find. For those people east of Toronto, MacMillan orchards usually have them, though not last year for some reason and Stroud's market up on Lakeridge & Taunton have them. Of course in the west, there is always Chudleigh's apple farm

Unknown said...

Russet is simply the best apple, with its nutty flavor it is my favorite. However I can't grow it in Alberta, winter kills them. I can't find them to buy here either. Anyone know where I can get them? George

Unknown said...

We have 25 russet alple trees in Ottawa region. It is naturally growing orchard and some damage on fruits. Anyone can come and pick your apples as it is end of the season for us and it may go as a deer apples soon.