Why you should be excited
Arkansas Black is one of the more distinctive apples out there, starting with its dark, dark skin colour.
The story of Arkansas Black
If you’re keen on apples that are anything but bland and middle of the road, then you can’t help but be interested in Arkansas Black.
The most obvious reason is this southern U.S. apple’s skin colour, which is a red so deep that it tends to verge on – you guessed it – black.
But that’s not all that stands out with this variety.
Arkansas Black is also an incredibly hard apple, although less so after it’s been stored for a while. And speaking of storage, it’s also remarkable for its ability to keep well for many months.
So, all in all, this is an apple that’s distinctive and also of high quality. Definitely worth checking out.
Arkansas Black Facts
Discovered near Bentonville, Arkansas, USA, around 1870.
Flavour, aroma, texture
A hard apple (especially when first picked) with fine-grained yellow flesh that's fairly juicy and nicely subacid.
Medium-sized, round. skin almost completely covered with dark red, verging on black. Hence the name.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Good (and also for cider).
Quality for cider
Has a long history and strong reputation in U.S. ciders.
Excellent (5 months or more when kept refrigerated).