Carolina Red June
Why you should be excited
Carolina Red June is a southern U.S. apple that ripens early and has a mild, brisk flavour.
The story of Carolina Red June
Modern commercial apple growers don’t so much hate varieties that ripen a few apples each day over a period of weeks; they completely ignore them.
This is understandable when production is done factory-style, but for those of us who grow differently –- those big guys should try dealing with the ripening dates you get with 350-plus different varieties– it’s not such a big deal.
Which allows us to grow an apple like Carolina Red June, an old southern U.S. variety that ripens early and works passably both for fresh eating and baking.
Once an important early variety in its home region, this is an apple you don’t see very often in our part of the world.
Carolina Red June Facts
Discovered in North Carolina, USA; recorded in 1848, but considerably older than that.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The juicy flesh is white with red staining and fine-grained. The flavour is mild and briskly subacid.
A relatively small roundish apple with deep purple-red covering yellow.
When they’re available
Early season (usually in mid-August).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
Not known for its use in cider.
Limited (a few weeks when kept refrigerated).