Esopus Spitzenburg Apple
Dutch settlers discovered this apple along the Hudson River near a settlement called Esopus- hence its name- which stands about halfway between New York City and Albany, NY at some point in the 18th century. One of several American heirloom varieties that gained considerable popularity once Thomas Jefferson planted several trees at his home at Monticello. Check these brief remarks from Peter Hatch, former Monticello Garden and Grounds Director.
The Spitzenburg is an irregularly shaped, medium to large apple, red and orange blush with many tan lenticels dotting its surface. Its color is quite pleasing to the eye forming a mosaic of color around the apple. It has a thicker, slightly russeted skin which adds twang to each bite. Its flesh is a buttery yellow color and is course grained and crispy. Flavors include citrus, pear, vanilla, honey, or floral notes, however, one trait is certain; the Spitzenburg balances sweet and tart flavor harmonious in one apple. Most often used as a dessert apple- the Spitzenburg can be eaten off the tree but its flavor does improve with storage. The apple can store for up to three months.
USDA Zone: 5-9
Mature Height: 12-15 (Semi-dwarf) G.30
Sun: Full Sun
Bloom Group: 4, Mid-Late Bloom Season
Ripening Time: Late October
Semi-dwarf Rootstock: G.30