Why you should be excited
Hoover is a 19th century apple from the U.S. south that was once a prime variety offered for sale.
The story of Hoover
If you were travelling by train through the U.S. south during the fall sometime in the second half of the 19th century, chances are you would be offered apples for sale by vendors at various stops along your journey.
And -- according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- it's likely the variety you would see most often would be Hoover.
A late ripener and a good keeper, this variety is attractive and nicely firm.
Also known by cool names like Black Coal, Baltimore Red, Thunderbolt and Welcome, this is an apple we hope will grow well on Salt Spring Island. Since it was often grown in cooler mountain areas of the U.S. south, we're optimistic.
Raised from seed in Edisto, South Carolina, USA, sometime before 1850.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The yellowish flesh is firm, tender, fairly juicy and subacid.
This big apple is roundish, with splashes and stripes of dark red, sometimes so dark that it verges on black.
When they’re available
Very late season (usually in November).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
While best known as a great-keeping fresh eating apple, Hoover, like all old U.S. apples, was undoubtedly used extensively in cider-making over the years.
Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).