Welcome to Adventures in Flavor! Hundreds of varieties of apples are here at the farm, in a wide range of colors, sizes, and (most importantly!) flavor. Most of the varieties are either very new or heritage/antique varieties. We will continue to update descriptions and pictures as young trees start producing.

  • Varieties in very limited quantities are often stickered either with the variety name or a number, for ease of identification. To identify this year's varieties labeled with only a number, look here.
  • Many of our apple varieties are available in limited quantities and will not be available at all farmers' market or CSA pickup location sites.
  • Are you an apple fan? Pick up an "Apple Passport" when you visit and make tasting notes as you enjoy adventures in flavors all through apple season!
  • Look here for a bunch of apple recipes

    ★ = Indicates a NSO developed variety.

Adam's Russet ★

Similar to but slightly more intensely flavored than Adam's Pearmain. This russet "sport," was discovered by NSO sometime in 2011. Ripens in mid-September.

Adhara ★

Somewhat tart, very juicy & fruity. Ripens mid-July. A NSO developed variety from our breeding program.

Alamak ★

Slightly tart with rich, fruity flavor. Early September. A NSO developed variety from our breeding program.

Algol ★

Stay tuned! Coming in to production. A NSO developed variety from our breeding program.


Sweet-tart with a fruity flavor. A Cox’s Orange Pippin cross from Belgium with a tender, breaking texture. Circa 1930. Ripens in Early September.

American Beauty

Sweet with a rich, spicy flavor, and a firm, breaking texture. Originally from Sterling, Massachusetts, Circa 1854. Ripens in early September.

Ashmead's Kernel

Sweet-tart spicy apple with a firm, non-breaking texture. One of the "classic," heirloom varieties in the U.S. A traditional English variety ... (more)

Bellatrix ★

Wildly tart & hard, with an amazing and complex flavor, better tasted than described. Early November. A NSO developed variety from our breeding program. (more)


Sweet-tart, with an intriguing flavor, and tender breaking texture. It has notably short storage life. Originally from Dedham, Massachusetts circa 1832. Ripens in mid-July.

Berne Rose

Sweet-tart apple with a rich, spicy, fruity flavor and a firm, moderately-breaking texture. A Swiss apple similar to Baldwin. Circa 1880s. Ripens Early November.

Black Twig

Sweet-tart, spicy, and fruity-tasting apple with hard moderately-breaking texture. Originated as a seedling on the farm of Major Rankin Toole near ... (more)

Blue Pearmain

Huge fruit with sweet, fruity flavor with firm, moderately breaking texture and excellent storage life. Variety is believed to have originated in America, and was widely propagated throughout New England and New York in the 19th century. .... (more)