Organic Grown Trees & Plants:

Esopus Spitzenburg Apple

  • Zone: 4
  • Taste: Spicy sweet
  • Texture: Firm
  • Bloom Time: Mid
  • Harvest Time: Late
  • Size: Prune to desired height
  • Uses: Cooking, cider, eating after a month

Was one of Thomas Jefferson's favorite apple varieties. He planted thirty-two of these trees in the South Orchard at Monticello between 1807 and 1812. A.J. Downing, America's foremost nineteenth-century pomologist, described Esopus Spitzenburg as a handsome, truly delicious apple, unsurpassed as a dessert fruit. Today, Apple connoisseurs still consider this variety among the finest ever known. It ripens late autumn, with firm, juicy yellow flesh. The apples have a delicious, brisk, rich flavor that is unforgettable.