Shavel Sharp Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Fall. Bittersharp cider apple. Possibly a wild seedling, Yarmouth, Maine, circa 1960.
In our ongoing search for bitter cider apples, this is a current favorite. We’d categorize this as a really bittersharp. Highly astringent and very difficult to eat.
You should have seen his expression when Steve Wood took a bite at the 2014 CiderDays. It still makes me giggle. Very juicy small red-striped fruit. (SG 1.055) Introduced to us by cidermaker Steve Barr who declared it the most bitter apple he’d ever tasted. So far, we agree.
We named it, a mash-up of the current owners’ name and the farm’s traditional name. Scionwood made available through the generosity of the Shavel family at the old Sharp Farm. Z4-8.
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