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.
Discovered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA, 1793.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Sweet, fruity, crisp, coarse-textured, juicy and straightforward. Your basic uncomplicated apple flavour.
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.
Very good (up to 5 months when kept refrigerated).