Why You Should Be Excited
Accordian is an obscure apple variety from the U.S. south that’s tasty in addition to having a fun name.
The Story of Accordian
When we brought in grafting wood obtained from the incomparable Nick Botner of Oregon (selected from his thousands of apple varieties), our goal was to add fascinating varieties likely grown by nobody else in British Columbia, let alone Salt Spring Island.
We certainly succeeded at that, although many of these varieties are now spreading slowly throughout region as we sell trees to others that we have grafted from the ones we made using Nick's wood back in 2012.
Accordian is a typical example of these apple varieties, given its obscurity and quirky characteristics.
It’s obscure because Accordian was what apple hunter Lee Calhoun calls a ‘family apple,’ a variety passed on through generations of the family that first raised it in North Carolina. More trees were grafted, but not many, as the variety's desirability was known best to the members of just a single extended family.
In addition to being little-known, Accordian is also just a little bit quirky, mainly because its ribs can make the fruit look pleated - kind of like a squeeze-box - which led to its catchy name in the first place.
And, on top of these interesting characteristics, Accordian is also reputed to be a tasty early season apple. Works for us.
Raised from a seed in Rockingham County, North Carolina, USA, around the turn of the 20th century.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The yellowish flesh is fine-grained, juicy, crisp and subacid in flavour.
This medium-sized apple has a pinkish blush over a yellowish-green background.
When they’re available
Early season (usually in early September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
We haven't been able to find any information about how this variety has fared in cider, but almost all old southern U.S. varieties were used extensively in cider, so Accordian likely was, too.
We'll let you know when we find out.