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Cap of Liberty Apple

Cap of Liberty Apple

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History: This vintage quality cider apple is believed to have originated near Martock in England. This apple is so old it's not entirely certain when exactly it was first discovered, with estimates ranging from the 11th to 14th century. 

Why We Grow It: This lesser-known apple is bitter with high acid, featuring a fruity flavour with a bitter aftertaste that is great when made into cider on its own or when mixed into a cider blend. 

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. Generally quite adaptable to different soil conditions. 

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Grows vigorously and has a spreading growth pattern, tends to bear fruit every other year in heavy crops, spur bearing. Very susceptible to scab and canker but resistant to brown rot.

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different apple variety that blooms around the same time

Flowering Time: Middle

Bloom Colour: White

Ripens: Late September

Storage: Keeps less than a month when stored in cool, humid conditions

Recommended Use: Cider

Cider Properties:*
  • Class: Bittersharp
  • Sugar: Medium, SG 1.047
  • Acidity: High, 11.4 g/L
  • Tannins: Medium, 2 g/L
  • Juice Yield: 249 mL/lb
  • Taste: Bitter but with flavours that have been described as fruity or spicy
  • Recommendations: Can made into single-variety cider or added to blends with lower acidity varieties

    *Information based on Washington State University's "Cultivar Performance Gallery"

    Size including roots:

    • 100-200 cm whip, 1 year grade
    • 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more, 2 year grade
    • 50-80 cm, B-grade 
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