Why you should be excited

Harrison is an old U.S. apple renowned for its quality in cider. After almost disappearing, it’s back.

The story of Harrison

Imagine how sad it would have been if today’s North American craft cider renaissance lacked one of the very best cider apples? One of the few that was used almost exclusively in cider. And one that disappeared off the face of the earth – or so it seemed – for half a century or more.

That’s the story of Harrison, which had a 100-year track record of cider excellence, but faded away when cider declined in the early decades of the 20th century.

Thankfully, single-tree remnants of old Harrison orchards were found starting in 1976 - first in New Jersey, then also Maryland and Virginia - allowing the variety to be propagated anew.

Just in time for cider’s new rise to prominence!

Harrison Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Essex County, New Jersey, early 1800s.

Flavour, aroma, texture

In cider, it provides a well-flavoured dark juice.


A small, round, yellow apple with a long stem and tiny black dots.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating

Good, although mostly used for cider.

Quality for cooking

Mostly used for cider.

Quality for cider

Excellent. Very juicy and provides great mouthfeel to cider.

Keeping ability

Good (about 2 months when kept refrigerated).