Northern Spy

Northern Spy Apple

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The Northern Spy apple (Malus ‘Northern Spy’), sometimes known as “Northern Spie” or “Northern Pie Apple” is a variety of apple native to the Northern East Coast of the United States and parts of Michigan and Ontario. It is popular in upstate New York. Skin color is a green ground, flushed with red stripes where not shaded, and it produces fairly late in the season (late October and beyond). It is juicy, crisp and mildly sweet with a rich, aromatic subacid flavor, noted for high vitamin C content. Its characteristic flavor is more tart than most popular varieties, and its flesh is harder/crunchier than most, with a thin skin. The Northern Spy apple is commonly used for desserts and pies, but is also used for juices and cider. Further, the Northern Spy is also an excellent apple for storage, as it tends to last longer due to late maturation.

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