Today at the Peter Burr House, we had an 18th C. apple tasting for some of our local homeschoolers and their families. These wonderful apples are grown by Distillery Lane in Jefferson MD (right next to Burkettsville). These apples from left to right: Roxbury Russet (origin: before 1635), Newtown Pippin (origin: late 17th C. - early 18th C.? Very popular by the late 18th C.), Ashmead's Kernel (c. 1720), Esopus Spitzenburg (18th C.), Blue Pearmain (origin unknown, but popular by early 19th C.), and Bramley's Seedling (early 19th C.).
The little puddings were made from Roxbury Russet, Newtown Pippin, and Blue Pearmain. Those little puddings were well liked by all, but edging out the taste test for the puddings was Roxbury Russet. And then there was the Pupton of Apples, made with Bramley's Seedling - and some Newtown Pippin & Roxbury Russet. It wasn't practical to serve it with the butter sauce recommended by 18th C. cooks recommended, but no one minded! The pupton was very popular indeed.
But the winner of the taste test for the raw apples? Among the youngsters, Bramley's Seeding was a surprising favorite (despite being quite sharp! But it was a favorite of my daughter Genevieve, who liked to eat lemons as kid too). However, the apple with the greatest acclaim was... Esopus Spitzenburg! This is an apple that has been described as 'Superb' and it most definitely merits it. I've always had a fondness for the splendid Ashmead's Kernel for eating out of hand, but Esopus Spitzenburg... wow.
Mind you, that is the result of this season. Apples do vary year by year. But I am going to try to get my hands on more Spitzenburgs if I can.
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