Albemarle Pippin Apple
Malus cv 'Albemarle Pippin'
'Albemarle Pippin' was one of Thomas Jefferson's two favorite apples, the other being 'Esopus Spitzenburg.' He planted as many as fifty 'Albemarle Pippin' in the South Orchard at Monticello between 1769 and 1814. The variety originated in Newton, New York, in the eighteenth century, and is sometimes known as 'Newtown Pippen' for that reason. Benjamin Franklin reputedly introduced the variety into England, as an example of a superior American fruit variety, and in the nineteenth century, Queen Victoria fancied the fruit so much as to exempt Virginia-grown apples from an import tax. The fruit ripens in late autumn as the skin turns an olive green color. The flesh is greenish-white, juicy, crisp, and with a fine aroma.
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