Saturday, October 17, 2009

Liberty **

This medium-sized apple has a splotchy, streaky blush that is quite a deep purplish red in places; the unblushed skin is a light yellow-green. It is slightly ribbed.

The lenticels are tiny, sparse, white, and insignificant, and there is a good deal of harmless flyspeck, perhaps because this apple grew on an organic farm.

The apple has a sweet vinous smell mixed with cider.

Liberty's flesh is wonderfully crisp, a fine-grained white tinged with creamy yellow. Its flavor is similarly light and crisp, with a good balance of sweet and tart but distinct citrus notes, like melon with lemon. There is a little bit of a vinous quality, and some depth, though nothing like a McIntosh or Macoun. Liberty is a very refreshing and enjoyable apple.

Liberty was bred by that apple powerhouse, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, from Macoun and a noncommercial variety. This variety resists disease, making it a good choice for an organic farm, but its lively flavor commends it at least as much as its vitality.

More on Liberty from its breeders here.


  1. Another off-topic comment, but I thought you might enjoy this:

  2. Love Liberty apples. Discovered them at Russell Orchards in Ipswich.

    1. Russell is great! Have you read The orchard?

      Liberty shows up at farmers market sometimes.

  3. Hi Adam, thanks for your blog that is quite a reference for many. The Liberty apple benefits greatly from maturing 2 weeks in the cold, the vinous note comes to the fore and at that time. Eating Liberty is a wonderful experience for me. It's a full, round taste that blends perfectly.


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