Why you should be excited
Webster is an attractive and tasty early 20th century U.S. apple raised from seed in Geneva, New York.
The story of Webster
If you were selecting a few hundred apple varieties to graft for your orchard, would you be able to resist a variety with positive attributes that also happened to share your name?
I admit that the moniker had a little bit to do with my choice of this not-particularly-famous early 20th century U.S. apple.
But that's not all it took to win us over. It also happens to be a most attractive red apple with a nice flavour that includes a good dose of acid to balance off its fruitiness.
So this is a U.S. apple through and through.
Raised from seed at Geneva, New York, USA, 1912. Introduced in 1938.
Flavour, aroma, texture
When well-ripened and given a short time in storage, the cream-coloured flesh has a fruity flavour and definite sharpness.
It's a large, attractive, roundish, bright red-skinned apple.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in early October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).