Black Gilliflower


Also known as: Black Spitz, Crow’s Egg, Gilliflower, Sheepnose, Red Gilliflower, Black Spitzenburg, Black Gilliflower

A very old variety dating to the 1700’s and originating in the Northeast, probably Connecticut. Listed in southern catalogs as Black Gilliflower or Red Gilliflower, many apple growers believe this apple is the same as the old southern apple, Crow’s Egg. Fruit is medium to large, distinctly conical or tapered in shape, with dark red skin overlaid with faint red striping. The greenish-white flesh is firm, coarse, and moderately juicy, quickly becoming dry when overripe. An aromatic apple ripening in October to November.


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