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York Imperial Apple



York Imperials are medium to large-sized apples. The skin is light red, with patches of greenish-yellow dotted with russetting. Inside, the flesh is yellow, coarse but crisp, and juicy with a mildly tart flavour. The core of the apple is smaller than usual for an apple.

Can be used as a fresh-eating apple or as a cooking apple, though some people find its very mild flavour too bland to be eaten fresh.

Cooking Tips

In cooking, makes a good sauce apple.



Storage Hints

Stores well. The sweet flavour survives storage.


History Notes

In the early spring, on his farm near York, Pennsylvania, a man named Johnson watched children digging under fallen leaves to retrieve apples that had fallen from an apple tree the past autumn. He was impressed with how well the apples had kept with such "informal" storage methods. He gave cuttings away.


A local nurseryman called it "Johnson's Fine Winter". It was renamed in 1830 to York Imperial; the word "Imperial" was used because it was such a fine keeper.

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Also called:

Johnson's Fine Winter

Citation

Oulton, Randal. "York Imperial Apple." CooksInfo.com. Published 20 March 2004; revised 25 July 2005. Web. Accessed 12/14/2017. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/york-imperial-apple>.

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