Somerset Redstreak Apple

Somerset Redstreak Apple

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History: Somerset Redstreak originated in Somerset, England in the early 1900s. This cider apple is still widely planted in the UK.

Why We Grow It: These attractive apples, yellow with red blush and striping, create a nice bittersweet juice with no sharpness. Thus far they have performed well in our orchard.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

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: Moderately vigorous and precocious with an upright growth pattern, tends to crop every other year, fruit rots after falling. Susceptible to sawflies but resistant to scab and brown rot.

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: Early October

Storage: Does not store well

Recommended Use: Cider

Cider Properties:*
  • Class: Bittersweet
  • Sugar: Medium, SG 1.050
  • Acidity: Low, TA 1.9 g/L
  • Tannins: High, 3.5 g/L
  • Taste: Astringent, no sharpness
  • Recommendations: It makes a great base for cider blends but can also be made into a single-variety cider

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 Claude Jolicouer's The New Cidermaker's Handbook