Zestar Apple Trees: Learn About Growing Zestar Apples

Zestar Apple Tree
(Image credit: Pete Markham)

More than just a pretty face! Zestar apple trees are so attractive it’s hard to believe that good looks is not their best quality, but no. Those growing Zestar apples love them for their taste and texture too. What are Zestar apples? Read on for information about Zestar apple trees and tips on how to grow a Zestar apple.

What are Zestar Apples?

Zestar apples are delicious and lovely fruit. These trees were developed by the University of Minnesota, famed for its expertise in cold hardy variety development. They are among the latest additions to the University’s long list of cultivars. Are Zestar apple trees cold hardy? You bet they are, along with 25 other apple varieties resulting from the University’s work. You can start growing Zestar apples if you live in USDA plant hardiness zones 3b through 4. These apples have so many excellent qualities it is hard to know where to begin to describe them. They are easy on the eyes, round, and red with a rosy blush. However, their looks are eclipsed by the superb taste, according to most gardeners. Many say that the outstanding feature of a Zestar apple is its bright, sweet-tart taste that contains just a hint of brown sugar flavor. The texture is crisp, but Zesta apples are full of juice too. This delicious apple variety lasts a long time in storage, with an extended storage life of up to eight weeks. They remain tasty and firm as long you keep them in the fridge.

How to Grow a Zestar Apple

Like other apple trees, Zestar apples require a fun sun site that receives at least six hours of sunshine every day. They also need well-draining soil and ample irrigation. When you are growing Zestar apples, remember that the fruit ripens early. As August turns into September, you can begin munching and crushing your new crop of Zestar apples.

Teo Spengler

Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.