Zestar apples are harvested late in the summer season maturing into a bright red fruit with some greenish yellow coloring. Medium sized, the Zestar has a crisp white grainy flesh that provides a slightly tart but sweet and tangy tasting fruit. The sweet spicy flavor of this apple makes it excellent for snacking, as well as for baking pies, bars and sauces. Store it in refrigerated areas to keep for approximately 8 weeks. When kept at room temperature, the spicy and sweet flavors of the Zestar will increase.
The variegated peel contains shades of deep red, orange, yellow, and sometimes also a light green. The fruit averages 3 inches in diameter and is round in shape. The coloring of each Zestar apple depends on the manner in which it is exposed to sunlight; areas exposed to sunlight develop a red blush, while shaded areas remain lighter and more yellow. Most Zestar apples are a deep red over 60-80% of their skin.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Zestar apples are often used in baking applications, such as in apple pie, apple danishes, apple tarte tatin, and as an ingredient in Waldorf salad. The Zestar is also delicious eaten as a snack fruit, either alone or dipped in peanut butter or caramel sauce. It also holds up well as a candied apple.
Conserving and Storing
Zestar apples may be stored, uncovered, in a bin or basket for up to two and-a-half months. Although they do not require refrigeration, this can prolong their shelf life.