Roxbury Russet is a heavily russeted apple, but what it lacks in good looks it makes up for in flavor. Its crisp and spicy-tart high-sugar and acidy flesh is as good for fresh-eating as it is for making a fine syrupy cider. Harvest begins in September, and as with most russeted apples, it keeps well for months in storage.
Discovered: 1635 Roxbury, Massachusetts
Harvest: Late Season
The oldest American heirloom apple, Roxbury Russet was first grown in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1635. Its other names include Belpre Russet, Boston Russet, Hewe’s Russet, Leather Coat, Marietta’s Russet, Putnam’s Russet, Sylan Russet, Shippen’s Russet, and Warner Russet.