Why you should be excited
Karin Schneider is a brightly coloured sport of Ingrid Marie and is a fresh eating apple from Denmark.
The story of Karin Schneider
It’s a bit tricky to know when a mutation of an apple variety -- often just a single branch that's a bit different from the original -- should be treated as just a minor variation and when it should be treated as a distinct, new variety.
We tend to assume it's a new variety when someone has gone to the trouble of naming the sport with a completely distinct moniker. Not just Red Gravenstein or Spartan Large, for example, but a completely different name.
Such is the case with the pretty Karin Schneider, which is a highly coloured sport of the Danish variety, Ingrid Marie.
Appearing a couple of decades after Ingrid Marie, this one is quite brilliant in its rich red colouring and is desirable enough in eating quality to be grown commercially in a few places in northern Europe.
Karin Schneider Facts
Discovered in Denmark, sometime before 1953.
Flavour, aroma, texture
This highly coloured version of Ingrid Marie is rich and juicy in a good year, with lightly aromatic flavour.
A dark red flush and striping dominate this medium to large-sized apple.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in late September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Not particularly known for use in cider.
Good (up to 3 months when kept refrigerated).