From the founding of Jamestown to the time of Washington and Jefferson, every plantation owner made cider, drank cider, and bragged about his cider.
DABINETT is thought to be a seedling from the 19th century of Chisel Jersey, likely named for the grower. It is a full, bittersweet and a vintage variety. The tree is weak in growth, but self-pollinating and precocious in cropping. Small in size, it is greenish-yellow and very aromatic when fully ripe. The juice is sweet and astringent and produces an astringent full-bodied bittersweet cider. Likely, its quality as a vintage cider keeps it in production.