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Winekist

Why you should be excited

Winekist is as heartily red as a red apple can be. And we mean red-fleshed in addition to the deep red skin.

The story of Winekist

I must confess to scepticism over the rising enthusiasm for red-fleshed apples.

This isn’t because there’s anything wrong with them. Nor do Ithink there’s anything wrong with people appreciating the unusual colour of these apples’ flesh. But when this occurs without regard for other little details such as aroma, texture, how well it keeps, how well it bakes and… oh, yes, how it tastes… well, that’s when I have a problem.

However, people are interested in red-fleshed apples and some varieties do have decent flavour. Including Winekist, which is super-tart and flavourful at the same time. And its flesh is incredibly red. Even the leaves and bark are red-tinged.

Winekist Facts

Its origins

Bred in Winthrop, Maine, USA; introduced mid-20th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture

This red-fleshed apple is coarse, juicy and extremely tart while also packing nice apple flavour.

Appearance

A small to medium-sized apple, it's red, red, red, inside and out. Even the leaves are reddish and the blossoms, too.

When they’re available

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability

Limited (a few weeks at most, even when kept refrigerated).