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RubyFrost apples are available in mid-fall through early winter.
The RubyFrost apple is a new variety of Malus domestica that was developed by Cornell University’s breeding program. RubyFrosts are overall an excellent apple, and are easy to grow and harvest, since they remain on the tree when ripe. The trees grow well in climates similar to upstate New York, where it was originally bred.
RubyFrost apples are quite beautiful. They a rich, red color. The texture is very crisp (which lends the “Frost” portion of this apple’s name), while the flavor is a nice balance of refreshing tart and sweet. The flavor improves after a few weeks in
Apples contain a host of great nutrients, including Vitamin C, potassium, and boron. They are particularly high in dietary fiber and pectin, keeping the digestive system strong. Apples do not have high amounts of nutrients such as sodium and cholesterol.
These are fairly versatile apples, good for fresh eating, baking, and sauces. They are slow to brown when cut open, making them good for salads and other fresh uses. RubyFrost apples pair well with red wine and light salads.
Although most apples throughout history have been created by discovering a chance seedling, more modern varieties go through a rigorous scientific breeding process. In the last few years alone, over 130 varieties of apples have been introduced through breeding programs around the world. Scientists are constantly looking for apples that are disease and drought resistant, taste great, and are easy to ship and market.
Like several other apple varieties, RubyFrost is the result of a breeding program at a university. This particular variety was developed by Cornell University over almost two decades. It was first planted in 2011 and then marketed in 2013, along with SnapDragon. After a limited release, RubyFrosts became more widely available in 2015.