Beacon is a cross between Malinda and Wealthy released by the University of Minnesota Fruit Breeding Farm in the first half of the 20th century.  This hardy tree bears fruit in late summer and it a reliable, annual bearer. The bright red fruit is medium sized and has deep red stripes.  The flesh is soft, so the apple is best for fresh eating only right after being picked.  It is good for baking and makes a pink-tinged applesauce.   Use this apple quickly since it does not store well.