Pitmaston Pineapple

Pitmaston PineappleRaised around 1785 in Herefords, England, Pitmaston Pineapple is a tiny apple that came to notice at the London Horticultural Society Exhibition in 1845.  In a good year its intensely flavored, sweet, yet sharp, rich, nutty, and honeyed; some years its not so good.  Ours was nothing like the first description, but sweet, a bit tart, and juicy.  I didn’t even taste a hint of pineapple, which I hear is quite common.  I imagine our heat doesn’t do it much good, as in a colder climate it ripens in early October.  Late August to early September is our peak hot season, and this apple may just ripen too early to be its best here.  The skin has a fine russet on it and a beautiful golden tone; a nice representitive of our Golden State.

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