Esopus Spitzenburg is a tall red apple with pale yellow flesh that is firm and crisp. It has a spicy character that improves after it is picked. A great dessert apple, it also is a good choice for baking and cider making, and it stores well. Harvesting begins in September and continues through October.
Discovered: 1700s, New York
Harvest: Late Season
This heirloom dates back to the 1700s when it was discovered on a farm in Esopus, New York. Two famous historical figures, Washington Irving and Thomas Jefferson, enjoyed Spitzenburgs.