Harrison

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Also known as: Newark, Orange Cider Apple

Harrison is a classic American cider apple first described in 1817 in Coxe’s, “A View of the Cultivation of Fruit Trees in America”. Lost for generations, noted apple historian Tom Burford discovered a 75 year-old tree in New Jersey in 1989 and later found another old tree in New Hampshire. In Colonial New England Harrison cider was usually blended with Graniwinkle to make an enormously popular cider during this period. Fruit is yellowish in color with a slight reddish blush. Small raised dots on the skin’s surface give the apple rough texture. Coxe described the flavor as “quince-like” while Burford says the pleasant flavor is very rich and sprightly and slightly dry. Ripens in October and keeps well into spring.

 

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