Series: Antique Apple
Categories: Fruit Tree
The York Imperial was a great all-purpose apple, excellent for cider making and cooking. Most importantly, it "kept well," which meant it could be stored for a long period of time without losing flavor. This was no small matter in a time without refrigerators. In fact, the York Imperial got sweeter in storage. After harvest in fall, the apple could keep throughout the winter months stored in wooden barrels or boxes in root cellars and basements up until April or May.
A medium to large-size apple, it is known for its odd shape, off-white flesh, crisp, firm texture, and its juiciness. You also can recognize a York Imperial apple by its color, which ranges from a yellowish-green with a light red blush and yellow stripes to almost fully red with reddish-brown at the top or bottom. This old-fashioned apple is still grown on farms and orchards across Pennsylvania and the continental United States.
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