Apple Tree - Spitzenburg - Organic Heirloom
The Spitzenburg Organic Heirloom Apple, Malus domestica 'Spitzenburg', is firm, crisp, fine grained, with a rich, aromatic, renowned flavor. The Spitzenburg Apple (Esopus) was one of the favorites of Thomas Jefferson. It is thought of as a dessert apple for connoisseurs. Its size is medium to large, with round-conical, orange-colored fruit with tough skin. The flesh is tinged yellow, firm, aromatic, and complex in flavor; a perfect balance between sharp and sweet. Spitzenburg ripens in October and hangs on until November. This apple improves with storage and is best at Christmas time. The tree has a slender growth habit with long willowy limbs. A pollinator is required by mid-season blooming apples (not pollinated by Gravenstein), and it is moderate in vigor with olive-colored bark, and dull leaves that are folded with irregular shallow serrations. The fruit is great off the tree, but flavor radically improves in storage. Use as fresh eating or as a dessert, cooking (puree, applesauce, apple butter), and baking.