From the founding of Jamestown to the time of Washington and Jefferson, every plantation owner made cider, drank cider, and bragged about his cider.
ADAM'S PEARMAIN is an English variety sent to the London Horticultural Society in 1826 by Robert Adams with the name Norfolk Pippin. Robert Hogg in The Fruit Manual states it originated in Herefordshire, where it was called Hanging Pearmain. The medium sized, long-conical shaped fruit is streaked red on a yellow background or an orange flush over yellow/gold stripes and covered with a thin brown russet; has a rich, nutty, firmly textured flesh. It is an excellent garden tree with particularly attractive flowers. There are conspicuous lenticels of white or grey russet dots. The creamy white flesh is firm, crisp and tender with a rich and sugary taste. Regular bearing, the tree matures small in size and fruits profusely on long slender shoots, but it is particularly easy to shape by pruning. Very hardy, this dessert apple exhibits some resistance to scab infection. The skin is dry and slightly rough. There is a biennial tendency. It grows well in heavy clay soil and in the Middle Atlantic state will ripen in September.
- Early Fall - September