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Malus domestica 'Keepsake'
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- » Keepsake Apple is aptly named as it stores well!
Keepsake may not be the prettiest apple to look at, but it is a good one for the northern backyard because it is a heavy cropper of medium sized red apples that keep thru to Spring. When picked the fruit is hard and very crisp with a strong aromatic flavor. It mellows with storage and becomes a fine eating apple in January. Ripens late in the season in October.
Keepsake is a cross of MN 447 (Frostbite™ X Northern Spy. That is where is gets it hardiness, firmness and aromatic flavor from. It is reputed to be a parent of Honeycrisp™, but there is some doubt about that now. Anyway, it is another excellent introduction from the University of Minnesota in 1979!