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Porter's Perfection apple

Last updated 18 Jan 2016.

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13 Sep 2017 
S. McGrath Fruitridge, MI Underrated cider apple. It is a bitter sharp, but the tannins are quite mild. Often listed as a "blending variety" because it can be quite tart if under ripe or grown in an unfavorable climate. It does very well here in west Michigan and similar climates (e.g. upstate New York), but I don't think it would do well somewhere cooler or cloudier, like Seattle or England. It ripens late season and must be held for a month before pressing. For example, I picked on Halloween and pressed on Thanksgiving. The green portions will turn gold in storage. It made an excellent, perfectly balanced English style single varietal cider, 9% abv. Tree is heavy yielding, resists everything, but is biennial. About 10% of the fruits are distinctively fused together.

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English cider apple. Cream coloured, flushed dark red. Bitter-sharp cider blending quality.

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: East Lambrook, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1907
  • Developed by: Charles Porter
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1843
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1989-102


  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Harvest period: Very-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Large
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949

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