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Jefferis

Why you should be excited

Jefferis is a pretty and tasty old U.S. apple from Pennsylvania with good natural disease resistance.

The story of Jefferis

Today, Jefferis might be viewed as just another old apple from the U.S., but back in the day, it was something special.

The accolades began sometime after Isaac Jefferies discovered a seedling growing on his farm. In 1848, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society awarded it as the best seedling and its popularity grew from there. Through all of this, there’s never been an explanation as to how the ‘e’ from Mr. Jefferies' last name was dropped from the variety name.

This variety is unacceptable to big commercial growers –- and extra desirable for many home gardeners -– due to its ripening over a period of weeks. One or two apples at a time.

Jefferis Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA, around 1830.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The cream coloured flesh is melting and juicy. The flavour is sweet and lightly aromatic.

Appearance

A pretty apple flushed and striped with dark red.

When they’re available

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

While not especially well-known as a cider apple, Jefferis is used in some North American cider blends.

Keeping ability

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).