This past fall we added 50 apple trees to our orchard. They are in the ground, hopefully developing their root system and will go crazy when warmer temperatures hit this spring. Here are the details about the varieties we added for hard cider production.
This apple is/was known to be a great single-apple cider variety. Many times when cider is mixed, it takes a variety of apples (sharps, bittersharps, dessert, etc) to make a great blend of juice that will ferment out to a great cider. In this case, the Harrison covers all of those bases. These apples were grown before and after the American Revolutionary war.
The Harrison apple was thought to be extinct but it was re-discovered in an old cider mill in 1976 (and about to be cut down to expand the residents garden)! In 1989, the Harrison apple was announced as “redisovered” and has become generally available to the public. 30 of these trees are planted on our property and will be used in our cider production.
Read more about the Harrison Apple here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Cider_Apple
This apple is believed to be the oldest apple cultivar bred here in the United States. This apple was first grown in Roxybury, MA by a man who died from falling off his ladder (while picking apples).
This apple was also propagated by Thomas Jefferson who planted these trees in his south orchard at Monticello (more than likely to produce cider).
Read more about the Roxbury Russet here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Cider_Apple