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State Fair apple

State Fair
Fruit is round, conic, medium sized. Fruit is brilliantly striped with reddish orange over a yellow background. Creamy flesh is firm, juicy aromatic and sweet and firmer than most early varieties. Moderately subacid flavor. Excellent for fresh eating. Keeps well for a summer apple.

State Fair apple identification images

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USDA identification images for State Fair

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

    Offspring of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 16 Jun 2019  IDAHO, United States
      Disappointed in the apple. Not very good and pulled it out to plant a honeycrisp. Definitely not as good as honeycrisp, liberty, or sweet sixteen.
    • 20 Sep 2016  WI, United States
      I love this apple. Beautiful red striped fruit of great size, very good flavor, very juicy, quite tart for a dessert type apple. Too tasty to cook with or make sauce but I wouldn't hesitate to make cider of it.
    • 06 Sep 2014  ALASKA, United States
      tree is 6 years old 7 or 8 pounds this fall (sept 5)- firm fruit, tartish, good snack 2 1/2"
    • 23 Sep 2013  MN - RAMSEY, United States
      This apples is sooooo good - where can I buy one to plant?
    • 10 Sep 2011  MINNESOTA, HENNEPIN, United States
      An acceptable early apple.

    Tree register

    United States

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2012 season

    • 20th April  2012  - tree owned by Chuck in Worthington, United States

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2018 season

    • 2nd week September  2018  - tree owned by Beth in POCATELLO, United States
    • 2nd week August  2018  - tree owned by Brooke in Madelia, United States

    2013 season

    • 4th week August  2013  - tree owned by Charley in Grantsburg, United States

    2011 season

    • 4th week August  2011  - tree owned by Jim in Moorhead, United States


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Mantet x Oriole
    • Originates from: Excelsior, United States
    • Introduced: 1979
    • Developed by: University of Minnesota
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1984-027


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour: Red
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
    • Fruit size: Average
    • Developer: University of Minnesota


    • Picking season: Early
    • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sharper
    • Cropping: Good
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Picking month: August
    • Picking period: late August
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 4 (-34C)
    • Chill requirement: High-chill
    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Average
    • Fire blight: Some susceptibility

    Where to buy fresh fruit

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