This variety was produced from the University of Illinois, USA apple breeding program as hybrid PRI 1033-5e later on to be called Viking.
It is a medium to large sized summer apple, with a very deep dark maroon to purple colour skin when in full sun. But in contrast the skin colour behind it is closely concealed leaves is green. Giving that high contrast of Purple and Green.
It is crisp, juicy and tart. It is a cooking variety with very good flavor used for apple sauce. It has also been used for cider making.
It can be stored for about a month but it can bruise easily.