Haralson Apple
Haralson Apple

Haralson Apple

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History: Haralson apples were developed at the University of Minnesota in 1922 and named after Charles Haralson who was superintendent of the university's fruit breeding farm. It is one of almost 30 apple varieties the university has developed in its breeding program since it began in 1888.

Why We Grow It: The skin of this variety is striped red with russet dots and the flesh is white, juicy, and of pleasant flavour. Haralson boasts excellent cold hardiness and general disease resistance.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 2b

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. Generally quite adaptable to different soil conditions. 

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Weak vigour and precocious but very hardy, tends to have good crops every other year. Resistant to cedar rust and very resistant to mildew and fireblight.

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different apple variety that blooms around the same time

Flowering Time: Middle

Ripens: Mid October

Storage: Keeps until January when stored in cool, humid conditions

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, cooking, cider

Cider Properties:*
  • Class: Sharp
  • Sugar: Low, SG 1.042
  • Acidity: Medium, TA 6.9 g/L
  • Tannins: Low, 1 g/L
  • Taste: Light to medium body and decently high acidity
  • Recommendations: Use in a blend to add some acidity

Size including roots:

  • 1 year grade 100-200 cm whip
  • 2 year grade 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
  • B grade less than 100 cm

*Information based on Brix Cider