From the founding of Jamestown to the time of Washington and Jefferson, every plantation owner made cider, drank cider, and bragged about his cider.
BELLE DE BOSKOOP originated as a seedling in the Ottolander family nursery at Boskoop, Holland. It was probably brought to America in the 1870s, and may be a bud sport of Reinette de Montfort. The large, moderately vigorous tree, which grows large even on dwarfing rootstock, has open and drooping branches. Pollen sterile. The fruit is oblate and regular in shape, and the greenish-yellow skin is blushed and mottled a bright red with darker red stripes. The base is covered with a brown russet that extends in a net pattern over the surface, and the skin is very dry to the touch. The creamy-white flesh of this dessert apple is coarse, tender, juicy and crisp, with a subacid flavor. The vitamin C content is 7.30 mg/100 gr. A triploid that requires a pollinator, it bears heavily but may be slow to begin to bear. It ripens in late September.
- Early Fall - September