Why you should be excited
Grindstone is an English apple - also known as American Pippin - that's best known for use in cider.
The story of Grindstone
There aren’t many English apples considered multi-purpose. Unlike in North America, where it was common for people to use almost every apple for fresh eating, cooking and cider, English apples have tended to be more focused, used for one of those things but not the other two.
Enter Grindstone, also known (we’re not sure why) as American Pippin. Best known for its use in cider, this one is almost as well suited to being a cooker and is a passable fresh-eating apple in a pinch.
There are few references to this apple that we can find, but we’re happy to add it to our collection, for cider and other things, too.
Discovered in England; 1872 introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Firm and juicy, with a mild flavour.
Medium-sized green-yellow apple with red stripes.
When they’re available
Early season (usually in August).
Quality for fresh eating
Mostly used for cider and cooking.
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
Excellent (up to 6 months when kept refrigerated).