Golden Russet is an old American cultivar of domesticated apple which is excellent for fresh eating as well as for apple cider production. Discovered in New York State between the years 1800 and 1849 from a seedling it develops into a matte, russet-coloured apple. These apples are small, but their flavour is powerful. They exhibit an attractive, though extreme, tartness that makes them an excellent eating apple; if left to ripen long, their flavor grows quite sweet, but their flesh deteriorates and becomes mealy and soft. Despite its positive characteristics, the apple does not market well as an eating variety because of its russet…. ie it isn’t pretty. When made into cider, they release a fragrant aroma, translating into a flavourful and complex addition to any cider blend.