The Keepsake Apple
Introduced by the University of Minnesota. This hardy apple with a great storage life gives a complex , sweet taste to cider. While not the best looking apple, it is one of the tastiest. We love this apple.
Who They Are
1958 cross with Macoun, Golden Delicious, Jersey Black, and Antinovka in its pedigree. Great diseases resistance for organic growers.
Classic American Apple possibly from English russet seedling found in New York. High sugar and acid, famous for great cider.
Found by chance at the side of a mill in Somerset England. This bittersweet apple is hopefully winter hardy and definitely fantastic in cider.
University of Minnesota 1991 Minnesota State fruit! Well balanced and delicious. Perhaps you have heard of it.
Nova Scotia 1986 resistant to many diseases and potential to make wonderful cider.
University of Minnesota in 1979. This apple is a delight to eat with flavors of tropical fruit and vanilla, and we are excited to try it in our blends.
Cornell 1970’s. An organic growers dream as it is highly resistant to many diseases. Classic Macintosh-New England taste. It’s parent is the Macoun, a childhood favorite of Farmer Nate, so it had an unfair advantage.
This little apple was developed by Albert Etter. What it lacks in size it makes up in taste and sugar level. Its sweet and tart and unique. Cider makers love it, and some even make ciders only with Wickson apples.
Steve Wood, the Grandfather of this era’s craft American cider from Farnum Hill Cider, says this bitter sweet English apple is the bittersweet apple to plant. So we did. It does not grow well here, only a handful remain, but they are fantastic apples.
There is a certain amount of confusion around this apple. It is not the Albert Etter crab apple. This apple originated in Czech Republic, they are a medium sized, paper dry fleshed apple with complex and spicy flavors and a crunch.
English dessert apple with a long tradition in cider. Trees of Antiquity claims, ” Fruit explodes with champagne-sherbet juice infused with a lingering scent of orange blossom.” Sound good?
An English Bittersweet that grows and produces well in our orchard. Lots of tannin, very little acid and good sugars. One of our favorites for cider.
Classic Minnesota apple. Unique acidity. We use sparingly in the cider, but love to eat them.
Originated in West Virginia around 1830 and thought o be the parent of Golden Delicious. Rich, spicy and tangy.