The Zabergau Reinette, from the Zaber River region in Germany, is on the large size, though it varies in both size and shape; ribbing is common. This apple is a russet variety, with a metallic copper-colored russet overlaid on a bright green background. The flesh is white to yellow and fine-grained. Zabergau Reinettes change in flavor and texture as they age. Picked fresh off the tree, some say they taste like nettles; they are also denser and sharper in flavor. Over time, they become more yielding and sweeter as they age in storage. The taste is subtle and slightly tropical, spicy, and nutty and is excellent for cooking, sauces, and eating.  Stores well. 

Zabergau Reinette