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Haralson vs. Honeycrisp apples?

Posted by nick_b79 4/5 Southeast MN (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 2, 12 at 19:55

My wife and I like both apples equally well for fresh eating, and I need to replace a Honeycrisp that was killed by root damage from gophers. I'm wondering if there's any benefits, such as longer storage times or better baking qualities, with the Haralson over the Honeycrisp? Thanks!

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RE: Haralson vs. Honeycrisp apples?

Personally, I wouldn't get a Haralson, had one and didn't like the apple, might be better for storage and the taste might get better,.. that I haven't tested, to me it was a poor tasting apple,...but then some people like a dry hamburger over a juicy stake.

RE: Haralson vs. Honeycrisp apples?

zestar has better storage honeycrisp, reportedly.

RE: Haralson vs. Honeycrisp apples?

I don't think Zestar! has better storage, that's an early apple. Honeycrisp matures much later and should last several months in a refrigerator. Now, a Zestar! is better for baking

My grandparents have a Haralson and hate it. Mostly because it's a strongly biennial bearer (only produces apples every other year). They like it fine for baking and applesauce, they are not big fresh apple eaters. If you're deciding between the two, I'd go for Honeycrisp. If you want other options, I hear Keepsake is a good apple. It's a parent of Honeycrisp, and stores a long time.

RE: Haralson vs. Honeycrisp apples?


I grow both Haralson and Honeycrisp. Since I once lived in Minnesota, I am familiar with both. Honeycrisp is great to eat fresh but is the absolute worst apple for cooking I have ever tried to cook with. I would cook with
red delicious before I ever try cooking with Honeycrisp again.

Haralson was the #1 apple in Minnesota for at least 50 years until Honeycrisp was developed and is now #1 in popularity. I am not a Minnesota native but lived there for 8 years. I found Haralson to be a nice hard, tart apple. No it is not by favorite but many people from Minnesota and SW Wisconsin have a cult following for it.

For baking purposes I like NW Greening and Regent. Both are popular in Minnesota and should be readily available.
Just my preference. I also enjoy Cortland for cooking too.

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