Why you should be excited
Democrat is an Australian apple best known for ripening really late and then keeping well for even longer.
The story of Democrat
Those of us with simplistic images of places we’ve never visited may be surprised to know they grow apples in Tasmania. Better than that, it’s where this nice apple variety originated, apparently a chance seedling in an orchard sometime around the end of the 19th century.
Initially named Duffy’s Seedling and eventually also known as Tasma, this is a variety that scores well on three key attributes: it’s sweet, crisp and juicy. It also grows on a relatively disease-resistant tree and the fruit keeps extremely well.
With such positive characteristics, it might surprise you to know that Democrat is only grown today in Tasmania and New Zealand. And Salt Spring Island, now, too.
Discovered as a chance seedling near Hobart, Tasmanian, Australia, circa 1900.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Sweet, juicy and crisp.
A pretty, dark-red flushed apple.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in late October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Not particualrly known for use in cider, but could be useful in adding bulk to cider blends.
Excellent (up to 7 months when kept refrigerated).