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.
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.
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
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Excellent (7 months or even longer when kept refrigerated).