One of the most popular cider varieties in Somerset today and one of the mainstays of Poverty Lane Cider Orchards in NH. At a MOFGA workshop, Steve Wood of Poverty Lane and Farnum Hill Ciders said, “If you’re going to plant one bittersweet, plant this one.” Sugar content fair and fermentation moderate. High-quality well-balanced low-acid cider with a soft-tasting tannin. (SG 1.057, acidity 1.8g/L, tannin 2.9g/L) Medium-sized roundish fruit covered with brownish brick-red stripes and blush. Picked last week of October, usually blended with other late varieties.
Crops annually. Grower-friendly tree with flat lateral branches may require help in developing a strong central leader. Not pollen compatible with Chisel Jersey. May be susceptible to fireblight in some locations. Midseason bloom. Z4.
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