Hunt Russet

Why you should be excited

Hunt Russet is a not-so-famous apple with delicious qualities consistent with the best russets.

The story of Hunt Russet

Back in the day, an apple's ability to keep well -- long before widespread refrigeration, let alone controlled atmosphere storage -- was highly prized. When such an apple also turned out to have great flavour, well... that's something special.

So how come so few people have heard of Hunt Russet? It's considered to have top-notch russet-style flavour, with plenty of sweetness, nice acid to balance it and hints of a pear-like flavour. And folks used to say they could keep their Hunt Russets in storage for month after month and they still tasted great.

Maybe it's time to spread the word about this fine old New England apple. It's definitely an unsung apple hero.

Hunt Russet Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Concord, Massachusetts, USA, around 1750.

Flavour, aroma, texture

This firm apple has fine-grained flesh that is moderately juicy with a nice balance between sugar and acid.


Larger than most russets, it's medium-sized with rough golden russet over a bright green background with red flush.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Very good.

Quality for cider

Good. This is an old-style North American cider-friendly multi-purpose variety.

Keeping ability

Excellent (up to 6 months when kept refrigerated).