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Zestar!® Apple

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Description

Sweet and tangy. Taste tests prove that these Minnesota-bred beauties are a big winner. Early season apple. Fruit keeps up to two months in proper refrigeration. Cold-hardy. Ripens in early August. Best pollinators: Cortland or Starkspur® UltraMac™. This product may be covered by one or more of the following patents. U.S.P.P. #11367. Minnewashta cv.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Early-mid August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet/tart
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Cold Hardy and flavorful
Debra L on Jun 20, 2016
Lengthen the apple season - August apples!
GINI C on Jun 10, 2016
Cold Hardy and flavorful
Debra L on Jun 20, 2016
Love the flavor of this apple!
SHANNON F on Jun 20, 2016
Lengthen the apple season - August apples!
GINI C on Jun 10, 2016
I have one now. Last year it gave me enormous fruit--each apple 3/4lb. Fantastic! And the flavor was tremendous.
JAMES B on Jun 5, 2016
The sweet and tangy taste.
Mary on Jun 5, 2016
mn developed great taste
D J D on Jun 4, 2016
We love our Zestar apple and ordered another. The fruit is firm and tasty and makes wonderful apple sauce and pies. We don't need to thin the fruit but do anyway because we enjoy fried green apples from the bountiful supply of apples. The apples are also great keepers in cool storage.
KATHRYN W on Jun 2, 2016
Early, crisp apple.
Valarie S on May 24, 2016
early, keeper
FRANK H on May 21, 2016
good variety for Beaverhead valley area of MT
Janet S on May 20, 2016
I have Cortland's and would like to add another variety.
KATHERINE T on May 16, 2016
Because of its taste.
Robert C on May 12, 2016
Tried this from a store last year and LOVED the taste
CORINE R on May 10, 2016
Reasonably Early Good Flavored Solid Apple With Skin That Was Not As "Tough" As McIntosh
Jane R on Apr 30, 2016
did not have this one early apple ripeing
larry t on Apr 30, 2016
If it grown in Minnesota it will grow in the high desert of New Mexico.
Robert W on Apr 30, 2016
something different plus an early maturity
leonard w on Apr 30, 2016
A good pollinator for my existing Cortland apple tree. Rated for zone 4.
barbara b on Apr 25, 2016
Makes the best applesauce ever!
Susie H on Apr 17, 2016
We bought a few apple trees from Stark last year. The trees were in great shape when they arrived and grew a good amount their fist year. We wanted to add a few more trees and we love the taste of Zestar so we came back to Stark on line for our purchase.
Karen A on Apr 12, 2016
I read somewhere that the Zestar has a brown sugar taste. If true, who wouldn't want this tree in their orchard?
Jona D on Apr 12, 2016
Local apple orchard had this variety for many years and its always been a favorite of mine for pies.
Amy R on Apr 11, 2016
My daughter who is a VERY picky apple eater loves these
Carol M on Apr 5, 2016
Love the flavor of this apple!
SHANNON F on Jun 20, 2016
I have one now. Last year it gave me enormous fruit--each apple 3/4lb. Fantastic! And the flavor was tremendous.
JAMES B on Jun 5, 2016
are the gala apple and golden delicious apple good pollinating partners for this tree?
erica on Jun 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: While they may all work together in most years, Zestar!?? blooms early and should have another early-blooming variety in the mix, like Wolf River, McIntosh, BraeStar???, Yellow Transparent, Liberty, Cortland, Empire, etc.
Are these cooking apples?
JEAN P on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes! These are my second favorite to Cortlands for pies and cooking. Zestars imo make the best applesauce, tarts, ect. They are not as "solid" as a cortland so long cooking they dont hold up to as well. But for tarts, crisps, applesauce. And other desserts where you want that apple to stay together but be "soft" that along with the bright apple flavor make for yummy cooking. We just put ours in, but Have been buying them for 5yrs locally.
What apples make up the zestar hybrid? It looks like a Mac but is much sweeter
George c on Sep 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Zestar?? is a hybrid of 'State Fair' & 'MN 1691' and was developed at the University of Minnesota. You are right, it is indeed sweeter than a Macintosh, with a nice little tang. An excellent apple!
how does the taste zester compare to honeycrisp?
james m on May 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Personally Zestars are one of my favorites. They are crisp sweet and tart. I'm not positive how they compare to honeycrisp as I haven't eaten them side by side. I think the honeycrisp is a little less tart though. I would think the Zestars would be comparable to a pink lady. Whenever we go to the apple orchard, we always get Zestars. Yum!

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Great apple
This apple works great on my property. It seems to miss the disease and bugs that harass my other apple trees. It always gives me the best and biggest apples of all my trees, even if I neglect a regular spraying schedule.
May 27, 2016
Zestar Apple
Purchased 2 last year and another this year. Ones last year are already blooming and look forward to having some this year.
May 11, 2016
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