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Black Twig Apples
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Black Twig apples are medium to large in size with light green or yellow skin and burgundy spots or stripes. The skin is also covered in light lenticels. The flesh is whitish-yellow in color. The skin becomes darker and the flavor enriches when the apples are refrigerated in cold storage. Black Twig apples are tart, firm, and juicy. The Black Twig apple tree is semi-dwarf in size.
Black Twig apples are available in the fall.
Black Twig apples are a type of Malus Domestica. They are a cross between a Winesnap and an unknown variety of apple. There is much confusion surrounding the naming of the Black Twig apple. That is because the Black Twig apple, also known as big black twig, pamplin’s eclipse, paragon, thorpe’s blacktwig, and twitty’s paragon often is easily confused with the Arkansaw, Arkansas Black Twig, Arkansas Black apple, or Mammoth Black Twig. Another nickname of the Black Twig apple is greasy apple because of the waxy film it develops when it is stored.
Apples eaten with the skin provide the body with fiber, quercitin (an antioxidant), potassium (an essential mineral), and vitamin K.
Black Twig apples can be eaten raw, cooked, or made into cider, and are a great apple for storing in a cool dry place. In fact, the flavor of the Black Twig apple is even enhanced when stored in the refrigerator. Black Twig apples are great for making fermented cider because the tannic acids in the apple add to body and spice of the drink. Southern style ciders use a long, slow fermentation process to showcase the apple’s flavor rather than using additional fruit flavor or spices. The southern style fermentation process can take anywhere from 3 months to a year to complete.
The Black Twig apple is recognized as the state apple of Tennessee; that is likely due to it being the supposed favorite apple of former president and Tennessee native, Andrew Jackson.
According to most sources, the Black Twig apple was found as a seedling on the farm of Major Rankin Toole in Fayetteville, Tennessee. A nurseryman named Twitty propagated and distributed the Black Twig apple and it appeared on the markets of both Tennessee and Arkansas in the early 1830s. Black Twig apple trees are resistant to several apple tree diseases and grow well even with lower quality soils. Black Twig apple trees flourish in the hardiness zones of 5 through 9.
Recipes that include Black Twig Apples. One is easiest, three is harder.
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