Why you should be excited
Roter Stettiner is an ancient apple originating in Germany that's got a distinctively fruity flavour.
The story of Roter Stettiner
This apple received its current name way back in 1776, but was already a very old variety at that point, having been recorded under a different name (De Signeur d'Hiver) about 180 years before that. And who knows how old the variety was at that point?
Now that's an ancient apple.
And for a variety to stick around that long, it's got to be special.
In this case, 'special' means a strong fruit flavour that reminds folks of melon and strawberry and continues to be powerful and distinctive long after harvest -- right into February, while also maintaining its most excellent crispness.
With characteristics like this, it's no surprise people have kept Roter Stettiner alive and producing for centuries.
Roter Stettiner Facts
Unknown origins in Germany; believed to be ancient.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Distinctively flavoured and sweet, with vinous qualities described as being like a cross between melon and strawberry.
This irregularly-shaped apple is ribbed and covered with a dark red flush.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in late October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Very good (about 5 months when kept refrigerated).