An old American variety that is the essence of a European gourmet apple; rich, dense, fine grained, full-flavored and crunchy. ‘Golden Russet’ is considered by many to be the best cider apple of all time. If you are interested in trying a more challenging apple than what you typically find in the store, this is a good choice. The apple varies somewhat in quality, but it’s hard to find a bad one, and is still grown in some quantity, mainly for cider. It is no beauty queen by American commercial standards, which require a gaudy, plastic, manufactured look. ‘Golden Russet’ will vary from a dull green to a brownish yellow with a coppery blush and have rough, russeted skin. This is all part of the character and personality of this little gem.