The yellowish flesh is finely-grained, firm, crispy and juicy.
The tree needs thinning to produce large fruit that can weigh up to 7 oz (200g.)
The tart flavour is a bit more grown-up than Northern Spy. Unlike Northern Spy, which can take up to 10 years to start fruiting productively, Nova Spy can be on the job in 3 years.
Good for fresh-eating or in pies. Some have tried it for cider and say it’s good for that, too.
Developed to be a more disease resistant version of Northern Spy by the Government of Canada, Kentville Research Station, Kentville, Nova Scotia, in 1986. Developed from a cross between Nova Easygro and New York 44411-1 (Northern Spy and Golden Delicious).