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Southern Apples: Arkansas Black & Red Limbertwig
by Livi Lou - posted 10/23/16

When it becomes apple picking season, the trees change color and sunny, crisp fall weather arrives.  Most of us associate this with being up north, but the apple varieties Arkansas Black and Red Limbertwig originated in the south. 

Arkansas Black is a variety from Arkansas that turns deep purple-- almost black--when it is ripe.  The darkest tone is on the side of the apple with the most sun exposure.  It was discovered in 1850 and is known for its long storage ability.  It is a hard apple with a sharp, distinct taste.  It reminds me of the candy War Heads after the sour coating dissolves away.  It is supposed to mellow in flavor and texture throughout storage. It is defintely a unique variety. (Shown in photo below).

Red Limbertwig is another southern variety and it originated in Tennessee during the mid-1800s.  Limebrtwigs are a category of apple from the south that are known for their flavor and the limberness of the tree branches.  The flavor seemed familiar to me, but I could not place it.  In general, it reminds me of a cooking spice.

You can see more about these apples in my video.  Next weekend, I'll be sharing with you Thomas Jefferson's favorite apple variety.


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