Antonovka is a popular medium-sized green/yellow cooking apple, ripening in the early-mid season. It originated in 19th century Russia, and was soon being grown in the northern USA on account of its excellent cold-hardiness.
There are several different forms of this variety. Antonovka Kamenichka is a red-flushed form of this variety, discovered in the Ukraine in the 1890s. Polutorafuntovaya is a green-skinned form, often with particularly large fruit size.
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Antonovka is a reliable, productive, and generally disease-free apple, and an ideal choice for colder zones.
Russian apple varieties such as Antonovka and Duchess of Oldenburg were quickly adopted by settlers in the northern USA on account of their reliability in cold climates. Antonovka also has a long history of being used as a cold-hardy rootstock for other apple varieties.