Zestar! is a early season apple that comes from the University of Minnesota breeding program (trademarked, USPP#11367). It is a good solid early apple, with a sweet-tart taste and a hint of brown sugar flavoring. The apple is medium in size, round, with red cover over 60-75% of the skin depending on sun exposure, and yellow undercolor. The flesh is white with a crisp texture, and while a nice texture for cooking the apple does tend to brown fairly quickly.
For an early season apple the taste is very good, and it also has a good shelf-life of a couple months. It is one of the parents of the new popular US variety, Sweetango.
Zestar! was developed for cold-hardiness, and performs best in cool climates. It is hardy down to zone 4.
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.
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