All Varieties


  • Bulmer’s Norman

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    Bulmer’s Norman was an unnamed bittersweet cider apple discovered in Normandy, France and imported into Hereford, England by HP Bulmer & Co., Ltd. in the late 1800’s. Known for the intensity of its hard and bitter tannin, Bulmer’s Norman adds significant body and texture when …

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  • Stoke Red

    Stoke Red

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    A bittersharp English cider apple which gained attention in the 1920’s when surveys found trees growing in Rodney Stoke, England. It produces a sharp juice with a distinctive astringency, qualities favored for producing fine, sharp English cider. The tree is vigorous and a heavy cropper, …

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  • Ensee

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    Our mentor, Lee Calhoun, writes about Ensee in his first edition of Old Southern Apples (1995); “This name is so obviously a phonetic rendering of the letters ‘N C’ that I felt sure it was a North Carolina apple.” As it turned out, this was …

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  • Flat Fallawater

    Flat Fallawater

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    Also known as: Flat Head Fallawater This is a local apple that originated in northwest North Carolina. Our teacher and mentor, Lee Calhoun, writes in Old Southern Apples that he had heard of this apple for a long time but had never seen one until …

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  • Keener Seedling

    Keener Seedling

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    Also known as Rusty Coat This apple was first noted in 1890 by the Catawba County Nursery of Newton, North Carolina. According to the nursery, Keener Seedling originated in Lincoln County, North Carolina, where it was known as Rusty Coat. In Lee Calhoun’s book, Old …

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  • Cap of Liberty

    Cap of Liberty

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    A very old vintage bittersharp cider apple dating to the 13th and 14th Centuries. Although at its best when blended with a sweet cider variety like Sweet Coppin or bittersweet selections such as Dabinett, Yarlington Mill or Tremlett’s Bitter, Cap of Liberty will make a …

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  • Foxwhelp

    Foxwhelp

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    One of the oldest and better-known European cider apples, Foxwhelp can be traced back to the 17th Century where it is believed to have originated in Gloucester, England. It is said that the tree arose near a fox’s den, thus the name. A vintage bittersharp, …

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  • Virginia Beauty

    Virginia Beauty

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    Also known as: Zach, Zach Red Once a very well known and desirable apple rivaling Red Delicious for popularity, Virginia Beauty is now a rare apple. The apple originated from a seed planted in 1810 in the backyard of Zach Safewright in the Piper’s Gap …

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  • Hall

    Hall

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    Also known as: Hall Apple, Hall’s Red, Hall’s Seedling One of the greatest finds in recent memory, Hall is one of the finest old Southern apples ever grown. It originated sometime from the late 1700’s to the early 1800’s on the farm of a Mr. …

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  • Lowry

    Lowry

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    Also known as: Dixie, Mosby’s Best, Red Winter Originated in 1850 on the farm of John Lowry in Afton, Virginia. A medium size apple with striking dark mahogany-red skin with distinctive whitish dots scattered over the skin. The yellowish flesh is crisp and juicy. Ripens …

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  • Doctor Matthews

    Doctor Matthews

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    Originated in Tennessee and credited to Dr. W.F. Matthews. An absolutely wonderful dessert apple, rich and sweet in flavor. Described in a letter from 1917 as an apple that “melts in the mouth like candy.” A large, roundish conical apple having yellow skin overlaid with …

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  • Ooten

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    A colossal apple from Logan County, West Virginia. As described by James R. “Sammy” Hall of Logan, Ooten has been raised in the Trace Creek and Mingo Creek areas of Mingo County since prior to 1895 when Mingo was part of Logan County. The name …

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  • Ozark Gold

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    This apple is a cross of A1291 and Golden Delicious and was developed at the Missouri State Agricultural Experimental Station and introduced in 1970. It is similar in flavor and appearance to Golden Delicious but ripens about three weeks earlier. It bears young and shows …

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  • Foust

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    Also known as: Faust, Faust’s Winter An old North Carolina apple which originated with the Foust family of Guilford County and introduced to the public by Squire Kinney who also brought attention to another fine Southern apple, Magnum Bonum. Fruit is medium to large with …

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  • Bullet

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    Also known as: Bullett, Green Abram, North Carolina Greening Bullet originated in the South in the 1800’s and was sold by several North Carolina nurseries from the 1850’s to the early 1900’s. Lee Calhoun says Bullet may be identical to North Carolina Keeper, another fine …

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  • Honeycrisp

    Honeycrisp

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    One of the few modern contemporary apples we offer, Honeycrisp is an outstanding dessert apple we highly recommend for colder climates. Unfortunately, the apple does not perform well in hotter, more humid climates. Honeycrisp was developed from a cross of Macoun and Honeygold, as part …

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  • Tucker

    Tucker

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    Also known as: Tucker Everbearing Once believed to be extinct, this low chill apple was rediscovered in 1997 by Lee Calhoun near Greensboro, North Carolina, the area where the apple first originated. According to a 1920 catalog from the J. Van Lindley Nursery of Greensboro, …

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  • Mary McKinney

    Mary McKinney

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    Discovered and raised by the late Swansie Shepherd near our hometown of Lansing, North Carolina. Swansie was a highly respected high school agricultural teacher here in Ashe County who raised hundreds of apples and acres of blueberries. The original tree was found by Swansie in …

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  • Cranberry Pippin

    Cranberry Pippin

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    Cranberry Pippin arose near Hudson, New York in the 1840’s and gained attention for its large size, bright red color and outstanding keeping qualities. The tree is very hardy and vigorous and demonstrates good resistance to apple scab, making it a good selection for areas …

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  • York Imperial

    York Imperial

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    Also known as: Johnson’s Fine Winter, York, Shep One of the most important commercial processing apples in Virginia, York Imperial is also the leading apple variety in Pennsylvania. Originating in York, Pennsylvania in the 1800’s on the farm of a Mr. Johnson, York Imperial soon …

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