Roxbury Russet

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

Its origins

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

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability

Very good (5 months when kept refrigerated).