Sunday, August 31, 2014

Apples :: Beacon

Early Season • Sweet

Ripens
Late August

Characteristics
Beacon is a bright red, juicy apple with a sweet and sprightly flavor. The red skin can wash into the flesh, giving the flesh a pink hue. Beacon is best as a fresh eating apple.

Beacon, on the tree, August 2014.
History
Beacon is known for it's cold hardiness and is a true Minnesota apple. It was introduced in 1936, by the University of Minnesota. For many years this was the first good eating apple of the season. Beacon used to be referred to as "the State Fair apple" as it ripens by the beginning of the state fair; this is different than the actual 'State Fair' apple.

Parentage: Malinda x Wealthy.

Storage
1-2 weeks

Notes
We have one Beacon at the Augustine Orchard.

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