Harry Masters Jersey Apple Tree Overview
The Harry Masters Jersey apple tree is well known as a classic British bittersweet cider variety. Very few apple tree varieties can produce single-variety cider, which is a recent practice. Moreover, Harry Masters Jersey is one of the varieties that can produce single-variety cider. It is considered a vintage quality and makes high quality cider. This means that the apple variety is good at creating complex, interesting and unique flavours. Historically people made cider by blending different apple varieties.
Harry Masters produced this cider variety originally in the 19th century at Yarlington, Somerset in England. You may also know this cider variety by its other name of Port Wine! Just like any other bittersweet cider variety, the Harry Masters Jersey is low in acidity and high in tannins. In fact, it contains 0.20% malic acid and 0.30% tannin.
The tree is moderately vigorous upright spreading tree. Very productive apple tree variety. The fruit is small to medium in size and yellow green with dark red flush color. Harry Master’s Jersey is self-sterile, therefore you need to cross pollinate in order to bear fruit.
- Uses: making cider
- Taste: makes classic British bittersweet cider. 0.20% malic acid and 0.30% tannin.
- Size: Small to Medium
- Color: Yellow green with dark red flush
- Hardiness Zones:
- Disease resistance:
- Scab – somewhat susceptible
- Harvest period: Late October to Early November
- Flowering Group: 4
- Cross Pollinates with: Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous. Upright spreading tip bearer. Productive. Self-sterile. Can produce heavy crop.
- Storage: Keeps well at least for 2-3 weeks.
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