From the founding of Jamestown to the time of Washington and Jefferson, every plantation owner made cider, drank cider, and bragged about his cider.
RHODE ISLAND GREENING (also known as Burlington, Ganges, Green Winter Pippin) is an historic old American apple that originated about 1650 at Green’s End, Newport, Rhode Island. At the end of the 19th century, it was one of New York’s most important commercial varieties, surpassed only by Baldwin. It is a vigorous and long-lived tree but does well in the South only at higher altitudes. Pollen sterile. It is tender, crisp, juicy and quite tart, an excellent winter keeper and one of the best cooking apples available. It is a very fine substitute for the more commonly known Granny Smith. The fruit is large, uniformly round in shape and flattened on the ends. The dark, waxy green skin turns a greenish-yellow when fully ripe. It ripens from September to October and keeps until February or longer.
- Early Fall - September
- Mid Fall - October
- Pollen Sterile