Connell Red

Of uncertain origin, this apple was introduced by W.F. Connell of Menomonie, WI in 1957.  The accepted story has always been that Connell Red resulted from a bud sport (mutation) of the excellent Minnesota winter apple, Fireside. Recent evidence seems to disprove that allegation. It now appears that the variety originated as a seedling, rather than a bud sport, in an orchard across the border in Wisconsin. Another mystery solved? Maybe…maybe not. These all purpose apples are large, solid bright red,  oblate-conic and sprinkled with pinpoint white dots. The flesh is juicy and distinctively flavored. Keeps in well in the fridge (or the root cellar until April or even May.)