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Hewe's Crab Scion price per stick

$3.00

Fruit: Bittersharp (high acid & high tannin)

Uses: cooking, juice, hard cider

Flowering: mid season, self-sterile

Tree: vigorous

Ploidy: diploid

Zones: 4

Pollination partners: black oxford, egremont russet, golden russet, goldrush, grimes golden

Disease resistance: excellent

Crop: good

Pick: early/mid

Storage quality: good

History: This cider apple, also known as Hughes' Crab and Virginia Crab, was the most common fruit variety grown in eighteenth century Virginia. It is thought to be a cross between the native American crabapple, Malus angustifolia, and the domesticatedEuropean apple of horticulture. It produces a delicious cinnamon-flavored cider that is both sugary and pungent. Jefferson planted his entire north orchard exclusively with this variety and once wrote that crushing the juicy Hewe's Crab for cider was like "squeezing a wet sponge." Its small, round fruit, which ripens in September in Central Virginia, is dull red and streaked with green.monticello.org


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