One of the most famous of the Somerset bittersweets. Best blended with other apples, it makes a strong rich cider. Medium acidity, highly astringent, harsh and high in tannins. (SG 1.068, acidity 2.2g/L, tannin 4g/L) Round to slightly conic slightly greasy fruit, colored with a beautiful combination of dull opaque reds, yellows and russets.
In old English chesil means ‘pebble’—Chisel Jersey is small, hard and bitter!
Spreading tree may require encouragement to develop a strong central leader. Consistent cropper. Closely related to Dabinett; they should not be relied upon to pollinate one another. One source recommends Harry Masters Jersey as a good companion for pollination, but as usual, most other apples should do the job. Late bloomer. Z4.
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