Why you should be excited
Ophir is an obscure but very nice apple variety from North Carolina that originated early in the 20th century.
The story of Ophir
Here is an apple variety that likely would no longer exist if not for the efforts of southern U.S. apple-hunter Lee Calhoun, whose network of contacts has resulted in many one-of-a-kind varieties being rescued and propagated.
Ophir was a single tree found as a seedling and planted by a family near their house in North Carolina. Valued by the family both for cooking and fresh eating, the variety was saved when the wife of this family's minister learned about the now-elderly tree and alerted Calhoun.
He visited, took cuttings, agreed with them in a name for the variety and shared future cuttings with others... eventually making its way to us.
Discovered in Ophir, North Carolina, USA, early in the 20th century.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Crisp and very juicy, with a pleasant, mildly subacid flavour.
The medium-sized, roundish apple is mostly red over its greenish background skin colour, with some greyish dots.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in early October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
Not particularly known for use in cider.
We'll let you know when we find out.