Why you should be excited
Liberty is a wonderful apple that's good at just about everything. It even tastes better after some time in storage.
The story of Liberty
This is perhaps the best known of all the modern super-disease-resistant apple varieties -- a big deal for those of us growing organically in coastal areas where apple scab and other diseases can run rampant.
Liberty is a U.S. apple bred in upstate New York and introduced to the world in 1980. It's noted for its good flavour, in addition to that remarkable disease resistance.
One of its parents is Macoun, so its grandparents include McIntosh and Jersey Black (the other parent was an unnamed variety from Purdue University's breeding program). So you will not be surprised to know it’s a McIntosh-style apple, with red skin and crisp, moderatey juicy flesh.
Liberty's flavour is well-balanced, perhaps sharper than many of the Mac-related varieties, but still with the characteristic vinous note. Best for fresh eating, this is an apple that keeps nicely (about four months when refrigerated).
Liberty makes for a pretty tree, with zillions of blossoms that remind us each spring of how its little fruitlets need to be thinned considerably if we want decent-sized fruit. But small or large, Liberty is an apple worth seeking out.
Bred in Geneva, New York, USA; 1980 introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Crisp, juicy, sweet. Well-balanced, vinous flavour develops over time spent in storage.
Good. Medium-sized fruit with a red blush covering most of the yellow background.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in early October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Good. Holds its shape when cooked.
Quality for cider
Good. Widely used in modern ciders from the U.S. northeast.
Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).