From the founding of Jamestown to the time of Washington and Jefferson, every plantation owner made cider, drank cider, and bragged about his cider.
AMERICAN BEAUTY is also known as Beauty of America and Sterling Beauty. The name was changed in 1897 to Sterling, but was previously listed by the American Pomological Society catalog as American Beauty. Sterling, Massachusetts, is the place of origin, but the date is uncertain. It is a yellow-skinned dessert apple, nearly covered with red and numerous small brown dots, and the yellowish-dense flesh is tender, juicy and has a mildly subacid flavor. Some describe its flavor as vinous. The vigorous tree is productive and an annual bearer. The core is very small. It ripens in late September and early October.
- Early Fall - September
- Mid Fall - October