Zestar!® is a very cold hardy early ripening apple. Introduced by the University of Minnesota in 1999. The fruit ripens in early September. Outstanding quality for an early apple! Good for both fresh eating and cooking. The fruit keeps much longer than many older early ripening varieties that often got soft just a few days after picking. Zestar!® apples will store well for up to three weeks when refrigerated. Zestar!® (Minnewashta cultivar) is a registered trademark of the University of Minnesota.
We offer this variety on M7 rootstock which is semi-dwarf and free-standing.
Relished by deer and many other small mammals.
Annual pruning is needed to promote better light penetration and air flow thru the canopy for best colored and flavored fruit.
This variety can sometimes be bothered with bird damage as is often the case on early ripening apples that have good red color. Zestar!® is highly suggested for central and northern Wisconsin due to their short growing season but will grow well throughout our state.
The cultivar name ‘Minnewashta’ is a Dakota name that means “lake of good water”. The area by Lake Minnewashta in Minnesota was settled in the mid 19th century by settlers who re-located primarily from the east coast region.
Zestar!® must be cross-pollinated with a crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit.