Spartan apple identification

Spartan apple identification
Spartan has the classic maroon skin and bright white flesh of a “Mac” style apple. The flesh is bright white and glistens with juice. The flavour is essentially sweet but has a distinctive wine-like note. Best eaten in season – up to Christmas – because the vinous-flavor fades in storage. Useful for juicing as well. Parentage: McIntosh x Newtown Pippin (?). Introduced / discovered in 1926.

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Identification

  • Flesh colour - White
  • Fruit size - Small
  • Fruit size - Medium
  • Fruit shape - Flat-round
  • Fruit shape - Short-round-conical
  • Fruit shape - Round
  • Fruit shape - Round-conical
  • Fruit shape - Conical
  • Shape features - Anglular (flat-sided)
  • Shape features - Regular, round
  • Shape features - Ribbed
  • Shape features - Slightly, broadly, obscurely ribbed
  • Shape features (vertical view) - Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view) - Ribs more pronounced at apex, toward basin
  • Shape features (vertical view) - Tapering toward calyx end or apex
  • Shape uniformity - Uniform in shape, Variable in size
  • Shape uniformity - Uniform, in size and shape
  • Bultitude apple group - 6. Red flushed, smooth, sweet
  • Seeds - size - Medium
  • Core - Abaxile / Irregular
  • Core - Axile / Symmetrical
  • Core - Open
  • Seeds - point - Acute
  • Seeds - characteristics - Abortive
  • Seeds - characteristics - Dark
  • Seeds - characteristics - Plump
  • Core - carpels - Hollow cylinder at center
  • Core - lines - Narrow
  • Core - lines meeting - Base of calyx tube
  • Core - lines meeting - Sides of calyx tube
  • Calyx / Sepals- Opening - Small
  • Calyx / Sepals - Size - Short
  • Calyx / Sepals - Width - Narrow
  • Calyx Tube - Shape - Conic
  • Calyx Tube -  Length - Long
  • Calyx Tube -  Length - Medium
  • Calyx Tube -  Size - Medium
  • Calyx Tube -  Size - Small
  • Calyx Tube -  Stamen - Median
  • Calyx / Sepals - Description - Pubescent
  • Calyx / Sepals - Description - Green with brown tips
  • Calyx / Sepals - Description - Closed
  • Calyx / Sepals - Description - Partially Open
  • Calyx / Sepals - Description - Erect
  • Calyx / Sepals - Description - Reflexed
  • Russet - Present
  • Russet % coverage - Low
  • Russet % coverage - Absent
  • Russet details - Capillary lines, Netting, Veins, Webbing
  • Russet details - Radiating, stellate, rays, stripes
  • Russet details - Dots, Patches, Spots
  • Russet details - In stem cavity
  • All green or yellow - Other colors present
  • Skin color (when ripe) - White to Greenish to Green
  • Skin color (when ripe) - Red
  • Skin color (when ripe) - Yellow (+/or) Green with some Red (+/or) Pink
  • Skin color (when ripe) - Red (+/or) Purple to nearly Black
  • Skin color (when ripe) - Bluish cast on top of color
  • Skin blush - Present
  • Skin blush (color) - Red to Deep Red into Dark Purple
  • Scarf skin - Not present
  • Suture lines - Not present
  • Bloom - Present
  • Bloom qualities - Pale lavender colour
  • Skin waxy or greasy - No waxiness or greasiness present
  • Skin feel - Smooth
  • Stripes - Stripes present
  • Stripes - No stripes
  • Stripes (details) - Short splashes
  • Stripes (details) - Lined stripes
  • Stripes (details) - Mixed stripes, colors
  • Stripes (details) - Washed - faded
  • Stripes (color) - Dark Red
  • Stripes (color) - Crimson to Purplish
  • Stripes (color) - Mixed colors
  • Stripes (color) - Pink
  • Stripes (color) - Red
  • Stem (length) - Variable
  • Stem (length) - Short
  • Stem (length) - Medium
  • Stem (length) - Long
  • Stem (thickness) - Variable
  • Stem (thickness) - Slender
  • Stem (thickness) - Medium
  • Stem (thickness) - Thick
  • Stem cavity (russet) - Gray to Brown Russet
  • Stem cavity (russet) - Little, light russet
  • Stem cavity (russet) - Ochre or Green Russet
  • Stem cavity (russet) - Russet rays extening out from stem cavity
  • Stem (position) - Slightly Oblique
  • Stem (position) - Upright
  • Stem (details) - Knobby, Clubbed
  • Stem (color) - Brown
  • Stem (color) - Red
  • Stem (color) - Green
  • Stem Cavity (protruberances) - Compressed
  • Stem Cavity (protruberances) - Furrows, Corrugated
  • Stem Cavity (side view depth) - Medium
  • Stem Cavity (side view depth) - Deep
  • Stem Cavity (skin features) - Brown
  • Stem Cavity (skin features) - Concentric Lines of Russet
  • Stem Cavity (skin features) - Flat
  • Stem Cavity (skin features) - Green
  • Stem Cavity (skin features) - Lipped - fold of skin over stem end
  • Stem Cavity (skin features) - Red
  • Stem Cavity (skin features) - Russet
  • Stem Cavity (skin features) - Scarf, Pale Coating
  • Stem Cavity (skin features) - Silvery Gray
  • Stem Cavity (skin features) - Yellow
  • Stem Cavity (slope to stem) - Cone-shaped slope to stem
  • Stem Cavity (slope to stem) - Steep, Acuminate slope
  • Stem Cavity (slope to stem) - Acute, Medium Slope
  • Stem Cavity (top view orientation) - Oblique - slanted to one side
  • Stem Cavity (top view orientation) - Symmetrical
  • Stem Cavity (top view width) - Moderate, Medium width
  • Stem Cavity (top view width) - Narrow
  • Basin skin - Red
  • Basin skin - Shiny, Smooth
  • Basin skin - Pubescent, Downy
  • Basin skin - Bloom, Scarf, Waxy, Dusty
  • Basin skin - Green
  • Basin width - Moderate
  • Basin russet - Little, light russet
  • Basin russet - Usually Russet free
  • Basin (top view) - Uneven, Oblique, Slanted
  • Basin (top view) - Symmetrical, Round
  • Basin (side view slope to eye) - Tight, Acuminate
  • Basin (side view slope to eye) - Tight to medium slope
  • Basin (side view slope to eye) - Acute, Regular, Medium slope
  • Basin (side view slope to eye) - Obtuse, gradual slope to eye
  • Basin (side view slope to eye) - Variable
  • Basin (side view depth) - Shallow
  • Basin (side view depth) - Medium depth
  • Basin (protruberances) - Beaded, Mammiform
  • Basin (protruberances) - Ridged, Ribbed
  • Basin (protruberances) - Undulate, Furrowed, Wavy, Puckered
  • Basal lobes - Present, Crowned, or 5-lobed
  • Basal lobes - Slightly present
  • Dots (description) - Gray
  • Dots (description) - Russet
  • Dots (description) - White
  • Dots (numbers) - Moderate
  • Dots (numbers) - Numerous
  • Dots (size) - Small
  • Dots (skin lenticels) - Inconspicuous, not prominent
  • Dots (spread) - Enter the stem cavity
  • Dots (spread) - From Basin lessening toward Cavity
  • Flesh (staining) - Red or Pink
  • Flesh (staining) - Not present
  • Flesh (texture) - Crisp, Breaking into chuncks
  • Flesh (texture) - Firm, Hard
  • Flesh (grain) - Fine
  • Flesh (juiciness) - Juicy or Very Juicy

Using

  • Uses - Eat fresh
  • Uses - Juice
  • Uses - Drying
  • Flavour quality - Good
  • Flavour style - Aromatic
  • Flavour style - Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style - Vinous
  • Flavour style - Honeyed / Scented
  • Flavour style - Sweeter
  • Flavour style - Strawberry / raspberry
  • Harvest period - Late season
  • Only sweet flavor - Tart, sub-acid, or bitter flavor detected

Growing

  • Flowering group - 3
  • Fruit bearing - Spur-bearer
  • First planted - Before 1950

References

  • 'Fruit Expert' by Hessayon
  • Spartan - tasting notes, history, and pedigree on OrangePippin.com



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