Harry Masters Jersey
Why you should be excited
Harry Masters Jersey is a traditional bittersweet English cider apple, thought to be a seedling of Yarlington Mill.
The story of Harry Masters Jersey
Likely a seedling of the much-respected cider variety Yarlington Mill, Harry Masters Jersey is also considered to be a good quality bittersweet cider apple, as it produces a quality juice with soft, astringent tannin.
The name comes from the man thought to have discovered the variety: Mr. Masters worked as the miller at Yarlington Mill in Somerset, England. This variety is also known in Somerset as Port Wine.
While the tree is not particularly vigorous, people in the know about cider like to grow it anyway, as this is a fine variety to include in a cider blend.
It's a pretty apple, too.
Harry Masters Jersey Facts
Discovered at Yarlington Mill, Somerset, England, early 20th century.
Flavour, aroma, texture
This cider variety produces a bittersweet juice of good quality.
Fairly large, with bright red stripes and blush along with a splash of yellow russeting.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in late October).
Quality for fresh eating
Don't even think about it. Cider only for this one.
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
Very good. This is a much-respected bittersweet traditional cider variety.
Cider varieties are generally not stored for long before they're used.