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Shockley

Why you should be excited

Shockley is a legendarily long-keeping apple from the U.S. south that was long a regional mainstay.

The story of Shockley

Let's be honest: Shockley -- while a decent-flavoured fresh-eating apple -- became one of the U.S. south's most prominent apples during the second half of the 19th century not because of its eating qualities, but rather because of its amazing keeping ability.

Back in the days before widespread refrigeration, let alone the shipping of apples from the southern hemisphere to the north during the latter's off-season, an apple that could last and last in a root cellar was prized, indeed. And Shockley was exactly that.

Some southerners even boasted of keeping Shockley fruit in storage for up to two years and still finding it palatable, if a bit shrivelled and prune-like.

Shockley Facts

Its origins

Started from a seed in Jackson County, Georgia, USA. Introduced in 1852.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The yellowish-white flesh is crisp and juicy, with a flavour ranging from mildly subacid to full-on sweet.

Appearance

Medium-sized or smaller, with its surface almost completely flushed with bright red.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability

Excellent (7 months or even longer when kept refrigerated).