Zestar! is a medium-large, mostly red apple, but can be a creamy yellow on shaded side. It is a crunchy, juicy, fresh-eating and cooking apple with an even balance of acid and sugar, some noting a brown sugar aftertaste. Zestar! is an early season apple, ripening in late August, and, unlike most early apples, stores well for seven weeks in refrigeration.
Discovered: 1999 Minnesota
Parentage: State Fair x MN1691
Harvest: Early Season
Zestar! – originally named Zesta – is a newer apple variety introduced in 1998 from the fruit breeding program at the University of Minnesota. It was developed from a cross of State Fair x MN 1691.