Why you should be excited
Roxbury Russet is an apple from back when russet was viewed as evidence of a rich-flavoured apple.
The story of Roxbury Russet
Back in the days before atmosphere-controlled apple storage, russets were highly prized for their ability to stay palatable for longer than most other apple varieties.
The most popular of these apples in the U.S. northeast was Roxbury Russet, a fine russet with rich flavour and the ability to remain tasty straight through winter.
While those who don’t know russets might find the scratchy surface and muted colours of these apples unappealing, those who open their minds and taste buds to the delicious Roxbury Russet will be won over.
Plus, there’s something quietly beautiful about their appearance. We say long live the russets!
Roxbury Russet Facts
Discovered in Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA, early 17th century.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The crumbly, cream-coloured flesh is sweet and highly aromatic.
A classic russet apple, the scratchy skin is coloured with a melange of brown, green, gold and hints of orange.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in mid-October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Very good (5 months when kept refrigerated).