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Whitman Brook Orchard - Quechee VT

Hewes Crab

Hewes is a culinary and cider crab apple that we use predominantly to slow roast to make a rich applesauce that is almost like apple butter.  See   A cross between North America’s native wild crab apple and an undetermined European variety, the Hewes first appeared in northern Virginia in the first quarter of the 18th century. From the beginning, the Hewes Crab Apple’s value as a cider crab was recognized and celebrated. It was planted throughout the upper south throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, though its Virginia nativity was acknowledge by its nickname as the “Virginia crab.”

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