Oriole is one of a number of apple varieties developed by the University of Minnesota in the first half of the 20th century. A common characteristic of all these varieties is their ability to withstand the very cold conditions of a Minnesota winter. Oriole is hardy down to zone 3, provided it is grown on a suitable rootstock (MM111 or M7 are popular).
Like all early-season apples Oriole does not keep, although it remains edible for a week after picking - but best kept in a refrigerator. The flavour is lightly acidic, fairly bland but pleasantly juicy, and fairly crisp for an early apple. It is generally regarded as a dual-purpose eating/cooking apple.