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White Jersey Apple

White Jersey Apple

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History: White Jersey is another English cider apple whose origins are a little obscure. It was popular in the Somerset area of England during the 1800s where it was first recorded in 1895. It is still grown in modern cider orchards in the UK today.

Why We Grow It: Although it has been deemed an apple with 'average quality juice,' White Jersey is still worth checking out if you are interested in cider making. It does well in the Great Lakes area and it compensates for its average juice quality with good productivity and a tendency to start bearing fruit early.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4

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: Quite vigorous and precocious with a spreading growth pattern, tends to bear fruit every other year but has heavy crops when it does. 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

Ripens: Early October

Storage: Does not keep well

Recommended Use: Cider

Cider Properties:*
  • Class: Bittersweet
  • Sugar: Medium, SG 1.051
  • Acidity: Low, TA 2.9 g/L
  • Tannins: High, 2.6 g/L
  • Taste: Sweet with mild astringency
  • Recommendations: Good for blending but an also be used to make a single-variety cider

    *Information based on Claude Jolicouer's The New Cidermaker's Handbook

    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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