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Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:33 am
One Green World nursery in Oregon USA sells Kerr, described as a cross between Dolgo crab & Haralson apple. I'm interested in any information on this apple, especially detailed flavor & texture comments.
One Green World calls it "a unique cross" of Dolgo & Haralson with "large, flavorful, crisp, and juicy dark red fruit." "Very hardy (to minus 50 F), productive and disease resistant. A favorite with kids, great for fresh eating and makes tasty jelly."
My favorite apples are Cox, Arlet ("Swiss Gourmet") & Rubinette - all sweet-tart, spicy, highly flavorable apples. I also like various crabs & am looking for a good eating crab or crab cross that would do well in the Pacific NW USA & might be more disease resistant than Cox & its near-relatives. Suggestions appreciated!
Re: Kerr variety
Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:10 pm
gracie99 wrote:I also like various crabs & am looking for a good eating crab or crab cross that would do well in the Pacific NW USA & might be more disease resistant than Cox & its near-relatives. Suggestions appreciated!
Gold Rush has some crab ancestry long ago, but only for scab immunity. That means you won't have to spray for scab. Pretty tart right off the tree, but mellows in refrigeration in a month to a sweeter sensation.
I really like this apple. I would skip fooling around with crabs. Gold Rush is also a very good stand-alone cider apple.
We threw some apples out of the frig this fall to make room for the incoming crop. The wife said they were 3 years old, but I think they were only 2 years old. I ate one and it was "ok" just not spectacular anymore. They were Gold Rushes!
Re: Kerr variety
Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:39 pm
Dolgo X Haralson Red Mid One of the very best apple-crabs. Stores well, good fresh after a mellowing period, very productive. Kerr: ( >Dolgo= X >Haralson= ) Originated with the Morden Research Station, Agriculture Canada, Manitoba, selected and tested as Morden 352, and introduced in 1952. The tree is moderately vigorous, broadly upright, round-headed, annually productive, with strong wide-angled branches. It is hardy to Zone b, and moderately resistant to fire blight. The fruit is medium size, 4.5 cm (1 3/4\\\") in diameter, oblong oblate, log stemmed, with shallow stem cavity and basin, and matures in late September to early October. The skin is creamy yellow, completely covered with crimson and later maroon, and covered with a medium bluish bloom. The flesh is yellow and tinged with red, very firm, very crisp, very juicy, somewhat tart but very sweet. It is very good for fresh eating ( better with storage), excellent for cooking and canning, and superb for juicing. It has excellent storage capability for up to 27 weeks. (description by John Horrigan, Oaklake Orchard in Minnesota) “The taste is really intense—kind of knocks your socks off if you pick it on the young side. It mellows somewhat it you give it a couple extra days. It smacks somewhat of a Haralson, but it is extremely juicy. I juice them; it makes the most wonderful apple juice you have ever tasted. I dry them and it tastes like candy, and apple crisp [with Kerr apples] is an absolutely wonderful thing.”