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Rubin apples are small to medium in size and round in shape. The bright yellow skin is vibrant, smooth, and is almost completely covered by orange and red striping. The flesh is cream-colored to pale yellow and has a coarse texture and is both crisp and juicy. There is also a central core that runs the length of the apple encasing small, brown seeds. When sliced in half, the seed cavity in the core has a defined five-pointed star shape. Rubin apples have an intense sweet honeyed flavor with some sharp acidity.
Rubin apples are available in the fall through early winter.
The Rubin apple is a fairly modern variety of Malus domestica from the Czech Republic; it is a cross between the Lord Lambourne and the Golden Delicious. The Rubin’s more well-known descendant is the Topaz apple, which was bred for disease resistance. A Rubin sport called Bohemia is darker red in color and has fewer stripes.
Like other fruits and vegetables, apples are a nutrient-dense choice that has few calories and several nutrients. Apples have small amounts of Vitamin B, boron, and various phytochemicals. They are higher in Vitamin C, essential for a healthy immune system, and dietary fiber, important for digestive functioning.
The Rubin apple is primarily a dessert variety, best for eating fresh out of hand. Slice into green salads, fruit salads, or for cheese plates. For a savory snack or side dish, pair with cheddar cheese, pork, or vegetables such as celery and beets. For a sweeter snack or for dessert, pair with fruits such as apricots and pears or spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.
The Czech Republic is one of the world’s apple-growing countries. Growers and researchers have built a small apple industry, and actively develop new varieties of apples. Czech researchers are particularly interested in developing disease-resistant apples. The most widespread of these is Topaz, whose parent is Rubin.
The Rubin apple was developed by the University of Agriculture in Prague, Czech Republic and released in 1960. The are most commonly grown in the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, and other central European countries.