This highly respected American apple variety is named after the settlement of Esopus, Ulster County, New York, where it was found towards the end of the 18th century.
It was rumoured to be Thomas Jefferson’s favourite apple. It was widely planted in the USA in the 19th century and used for both dessert and culinary purposes.
The flavour is truly aromatic and matches the complexity of the English aromatic apples. The flesh is a buttery dense yellow, and there is a rich sharpness which is often characteristic of high quality dessert apples. Eating a Spitzenberg is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.