Jewett's Fine Red

Why you should be excited

Jewett's Fine Red is an old favourite from New England also known by the slightly humbler name Nodhead.

The story of Jewett's Fine Red

Every apple growing region has its local favourites -- and once had many more than it does today.

In British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, Spartan was once one of those apples; on Salt Spring, King of Tompkins County and Gravenstein were similarly favoured.

In New England, Jewett's Fine Red was one of a host of popular regional apples, with locals appreciating its excellent, rich flavour and very nice texture.

We're not sure that folks in Maine and New Hampshire even remember the apple today, but it was once a star. And we're pleased to have the chance to grow it and see how it fares here on the opposite coast of North America.

Jewett's Fine Red Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Hollis, New Hampshire, USA; recorded in 1842.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The firm, crisp flesh delivers a delicious taste that's quite rich.


You may already have guessed: this is an attractive red apple.

When they’re available

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Like other North American heritage varieties, Jewett's Fine Red was a multi-purpose apple, so also used in cider. Its juiciness is a cider asset, althouhg its mild flavour is less so.

Keeping ability

So-so (1 or 2 months when kept refrigerated).