This apple is new to me, but has a long history, dating back to 1826 with an origin in Russia. This makes it a cold hearty variety and a popular rootstock candidate. If you like making cider this is a tried and true for your back yard. This apple is sweet tart but juicy, but most desirable for its high sugar and skin color, ideal for cider as long as it is able to fully ripen it is a relatively early season variety. This variety is said to be quite resistant to diseases. Pollinates with Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland or crab apples.