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Baldwin

Why you should be excited

Baldwin was one of the United States' top apples in the 19th century, mainly because it travelled and stored well.

 The story of Baldwin

There aren’t many old-timers still around who will remember when the Baldwin apple ruled the roost in North America.

That’s because it’s been a while: discovered at the end of the 18th century in Massachusetts, Baldwin was big stuff through much of the 19th. This was mainly due to its keeping ability and tough skin, which protected it during transportation.

To be fair, though, Baldwin is also quite a pleasant-tasting apple. And it’s got the look that most people associate with a great apple: deeply red-coloured and fairly large.

This is an apple worth trying even if only for old-time’s sake.

Baldwin Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA, 1793.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Sweet, fruity, crisp, coarse-textured, juicy and straightforward. Your basic uncomplicated apple flavour.

Appearance

This large apple has bright red skin with deep carmine stripes on a yellow-green background.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating

Good. Also for juice.

Quality for cooking

Good. Keeps its shape when cooked.

Quality for cider

Has a long history of use in cider and is the priamry variety in several modern ciders.

Keeping ability

Very good (up to 5 months when kept refrigerated).