Why you should be excited
Red Rebel is an obscure apple from Alabama that's got plenty going for it, despite its bitter-tasting skin.
The story of Red Rebel
What do you do with an apple that's got plenty in its favour -- attractive, nice flavour, productive trees, good disease resistance -- but also has a notable downside: skin so bitter you really must peel the apple before eating?
Chances are, this question won't need to be answered by many people, as such a variety will never gain prominence and appear in a lot of grocery stores (if any), despite its desirable attributes. So we'll never know how this issue might have been resolved.
And that's certainly true of Red Rebel, as this is an apple from the southern U.S. that is little-known and appears to have never been widely grown.
Yet the positives are real. And the apple has a pretty neat name, too. So, we're happy to grow Red Rebel and see for ourselves just how bitter the skin might be.
Red Rebel Facts
Unknown origins, likely in Alabama, USA, sometime before 1930.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The greenish-white flesh is fine-grained, crisp and fairly juicy, with a subacid flavour. The skin tends to be bitter, so it is best eaten peeled.
This small to medium-sized apple is mostly covered with purplish-red skin colouring.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in late September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
We'll let you know when we find out.