Why you should be excited
Esopus Spitzenberg, in addition to having a cool name, is one of the best fresh-eating apples in existence.
The story of Esopus Spitzenberg
Classic fresh-eating apples from the U.S.A. don’t get any more classic than this.
Discovered in the Colony of New York sometime before the American Revolution, this delicious apple gained early fame in 1790 when Thomas Jefferson ordered a dozen trees for his orchard.
During the 19th century, Esopus Spitzenberg was widely grown in the United States and the prime choice for apple pie. Despite unfortunate susceptibility to just about every disease that plagues apple trees, ‘Spitz’ is considered a connoisseur’s fresh-eating apple, with rich flavour and an eye-catching orange-red skin colour.
And with a name like that, who could possibly resist this memorable heritage variety?
Esopus Spitzenberg Facts
Discovered in Esopus, New York, USA, circa 1770.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Hard, crisp, juicy, yellowish flesh yields a rich, aromatic flavour.
Distinctive and eye-catching, this is a brilliant orange-red apple with gray spots.
When they’re available
Late season (usually early November).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
Considered to be useful in adding aromatics to cider blends.
Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).