TJ Apple of the Month: Esopus Spitzenburg

October 17, 2008
Not Spitenburgs

Not Spitzenburgs

Sounding like a prehistoric, miniature horse (that would be Eohippus to the dinosaur-savvy), Esopus Spitzenburg was considered one of TJ’s four favorites. Like the mighty A.P., Esopus Spitzenburg was a dessert fruit. Despite cultivating less than two dozen trees, Monticello’s most famous Pomologist, apparently journalled (read: blogging in pre-Internet times) more about Esopus Spitzenburg than any other kind.

Source: The Twinleaf Journal

Photo courtesy of foodista

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TJ Apple of the Month: the Mighty Albemarle Pippin!

September 4, 2008

Jefferson was a fierce pomologist, and a prolific grower of fruit, veggies, and herbs. The South Orchard at Monticello grew over 18 types of apples alone. Though he experimented with many varieties, TJ loved him some Albemarle Pippin!

Also called the Newtowne Pippin, the mighty A.P. was also loved and grown by George Washington. Its light green in color, crisp and delicious. It also keeps really well. Today it is overshadowed by the overhyped Granny Smith, though the A.P. is still used commercially for cider.

For more info go here and here.

For a delicious photo go here.