This medium-sized apple is mostly round with just a hint of ribbing. Its pretty red blush, streaky for the most part, is faintly marked with light lenticels that vary in size; the unblushed peel is a pale yellow tinted with green. Its calyx is clenched shut.
Sweet Sixteen's flesh, coarse-grained and dripping with juice, is a light apricot yellow. Its flavors are mild, generally sweet with a little tempering tartness. Lush fruity cider flavors and cane sugar predominate, with the merest hint of spice and wine around the edges.
Although Sixteen is sweet, there is enough going on that it does not cloy as so many modern varieties do.
The extreme juiciness of the coarse-grained flesh and the striking orange-yellow color, which suggest a stone fruit, are unusual and attractive. One corespondent finds a hint of anise in the flavor mix, but for whatever reason I could not.
Sweet Sixteen was developed by the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center, the same folks who subsequently brought us Zestar and Honeycrisp. It is said to be quite winter-hardy.