Cellar Hole Bitter Cider Apple


Cellar Hole Bitter Cider Apple

Malus spp. Fall. Full bittersweet cider apple. Unknown parentage. Gene Cartwright, Whaleback Cider intro, 2015.

Discovered near an old overgrown cellar hole down the road from Whaleback’s orchard and cidery in Lincolnville, ME. Very bitter yellow fruit develops spots of pink and orange when fully ripe in mid-October. Gene says, “Intense tannins, not terribly juicy but can pack some sugars.” He measured a whopping 21 Brix in some highly colored specimens from the sunny side of the tree. Gene has artfully pruned the wild mother tree, but he still has to compete with the porcupines for a share of the large annual crop. Another one of the local discoveries on trial at MOFGA’s low-intervention no-spray South Orchard, where hopefully the quill pigs will stay away.

Z4. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3–6' bare-root trees)

199 Cellar Hole Bitter
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All apple trees require a second variety for pollination.

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