Northern Spy Apple

Availability: October 20
Flavor: mildly sweet, more tart than most varieties, sprightly, subacid, aromatic
Flesh: yellowish-white, very juicy and tender, crisp, very firm, fine-grained
Storage: keeps extremely well, even bruised
Misc: thin skin requires gentle handling, principally for processing, also good for drying, cooking and pies, similar to a Gravenstein
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (edited):
The Northern Spy apple (Malus ‘Northern Spy’), sometimes known as "Northern Spie" or "Northern Pie Apple" is a variety of apple native to the Northern East Coast of the United States and parts of Michigan and Ontario. It is popular in upstate New York. Skin color is a green ground, flushed with red stripes where not shaded, and it produces fairly late in the season (late October and beyond). The white flesh is juicy, crisp and mildly sweet with a rich, aromatic subacid flavor, noted for high vitamin C content. Its characteristic flavor is more tart than most popular varieties, and its flesh is harder/crunchier than most, with a thin skin. It is commonly used for desserts and pies, but is also used for juices and cider. Further, the Northern Spy is also an excellent apple for storage, as it tends to last longer due to late maturation. The Northern Spy apple tree is known for taking as much as a decade to bear fruit unless grafted to a non-standard rootstock, while the native Spy root makes an excellent stock for grafting other varieties to a standard size tree. It was discovered around 1800 in East Bloomfield, New York, south of Rochester, New York, as surviving sprouts of a seedling that had died and was cultivated with stock brought in from Connecticut.

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