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Northern Spy Apple
Malus domestica 'Northern Spy'
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Northern Spy may be one of the world's ugliest fruits, but it sure makes great pies! Northern Spy is a large, round, somewhat flat apple with greenish-yellow fruit and some red blushing and striping. The fruit is fine grained, very firm and crisp, and somewhat yellow fleshed. The flavor is tart and subacid. It keeps for exceptional lengths and is a favorite for pie making since it keeps its texture so well after baking. It is very hardy, well adapted to cold climes, because of its late bloom. Picks late int he fall.
Northern Spy came from New York in the 1800's. It continues to be a premium apple variety for the pie making industry. Many of Grandpa's fruit tree customers planted Northern Spy for the processing market.