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!
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.
Good (about 2 months when kept refrigerated).