I wish this was a post like what Clarkinks produces. Hopefully it can become that with others input. I have this planted and am hopeful it is as good as it is marketed to be. But I would like to find more information, if anyone has acces behind these paywalls and there is anything interesting within to share I would like to hear about it. Many searches result in some clothing fashion out of china…
Genetic testing, maybe not much practical there anyhow. but does show there is interest in it’s disease resistant and eating quality.
" Resistant winter apple variety with excellent fruit quality and taste from China. Hanfu is a special apple variety that combines self-pollination, cold resistance and long shelf life of the fruit. After its introduction, it immediately became the leading apple variety in large-scale plantations, especially in northern provinces of China such as Liaoning.
Origin and Crossing: the variety was bred in 1978 by Professor Li Huaiyu of Shenyang Agricultural University by crossing the Dongguang and Fuji. After more than ten years of testing, it passed the variety certification in Liaoning and began to multiplicate in 1998.
Vigour: moderate, canopy moderately dense, variety adaptable and unpretentious to worse cultivation conditions
Fruits: short-conical shape, average fruit weight 250 g, maximum up to 520 g. In addition to being eaten fresh, the fruit is also suitable for making various products such as cider, vinegar, juice, candied apples, dried apples, apple chips and canned apples.
Fruit colour: the basic color is yellow-green, the cover color is bright red over the entire surface of the fruit
Pulp: light yellow, crunchy, juicy, firm and fragrant. The taste is harmonious with a balanced ratio of sugar and acid.
Harvest season: harvest maturity mid-October, consumption maturity at the end of October
Storage: when stored in the refrigerator until May
Yield: high, regular, early onset
Frost resistance: high
General disease-resistance: resistance to scab (Vf gene) on a polygenic basis. Tolerant to powdery mildew, moderately resistant to fire blight. For its resistance to fungal diseases it is suitable for organic cultivation without chemical protection. It is also adaptive to worse cultivation conditions."