History: As the story goes, about 60 years ago two English bittersharp cider apples were imported to America. One was the well-known Kingston Black. The other was supposed to be Foxwhelp, but something went amiss with the scionwood and to this date the only thing for sure is, Fauxwhelp is not Foxwhelp. It continues to be grown in North America where it remains a topic of interest amongst fruit growers. Unfortunately due to its strange history, there is still much to learn about this variety.
Why We Grow It: Fauxwhelp yields big, juicy, pleasantly tart apples that are good for fresh eating and decent for cooking. There is some debate about its use in ciders. Some claim it has merit when added to cider blends while others believe it is not suitable for making cider.
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: Unknown at this time
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: Likely middle
Ripens: Late September
Storage: Likely keeps a month or two but we haven't personally tested this
Recommended Use: Fresh eating, cooking, cider
- Class: Bittersharp
- Acidity: Medium to high, >4.5 g/L
- Tannins: Low to medium, <2 g/L
- Recommendations: Adds a nice bittersharp juice and some tannins to cider blends
Size including roots:
- 1 year grade 100-200 cm whip
- 2 year grade 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
- B grade less than 100 cm