New York apple growers are bullish on a new variety shipping out of the Empire State this year.

The zestar, a variety developed at the University of Minnesota and perfect for cold growing regions like New York, was being harvested and shipped the first week of September, according to a news release from the Fishers-based New York Apple Association.

Growers describe the zestar as tasting like fresh apple cider, with a tart bite and hints of brown sugar. Supplies will be limited this year, but volumes should grow in the near future as trees mature.

The zestar is a cousin of the popular Honeycrisp, another University of Minnesota variety.