Keepsake is a cross of Malinda x Northern Spy produced by the University of Minnesota in 1979 and a parent of Honeycrisp.
Unattractive, small, and irregularly shaped, this apple has mostly red skin and greenish-white blotches. Fine grained, hard, very crisp, juicy light yellow flesh. Strongly aromatic, spicy flavor. This apple keeps very well, and mellows with age, attaining peak fresh eating quality in January or February. Keeps in storage through April. Great for fresh eating, sauce, and baking.
The tree is moderately vigorous and bears heavy crops annually, easy to manage. Diploid. Resistant to fireblight and cedar apple rust. Ripens around October-November in upstate New York. Hardy to zone 4.A royalty of $.75 is added to the base price of this tree.