Arkansas Black Apple (Malus domestica ‘Arkansas Black’) is an apple tree species originating in Benton County, Arkansas. This tree’s origin is shrouded in legend, with historians and botanists debating who exactly cultivated the first tree. Still, most experts agree that the Arkansas Black Apple’s parent tree is the Winesap apple tree. Besides the dark, almost black coloration of the fruit, another notable feature of this tree is its resistance to cedar apple rust, a common fungal disease that affects nearly all apple types. This apple is also unique in that it isn’t normally eaten right off the tree. For the best-tasting Arkansas Black Apple, the fruit needs to age in the cold storage of a refrigerator for up to 30 days before being consumed.

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Example of Arkansas Black Apple fruit. Source.