Image courtesy of Big Horse Creek Farm USA
Origin: Originates from Hubbardston in Massachusetts, United States, 1832.
Appearance: Fruit usually large with clear red skin with highlights of gold but colour is variable. Flesh is white, moderately firm, sweet and rich. Natural gloss gives handsome appearance. Non-browning flesh, good keeper.
Taste: The flesh is creamy yellow-white, medium grained and tender crisp. The flavour is almost nutty. It’s mild and well-balanced, with just a little acidity and hints of something complex like chestnuts or peanuts or roasted grain. For all its size and firmness, Hubbardston Nonesuch has a lightness borne of its mildness, delicacy and texture. Its complex flavour, more sweet than tart, is ideal for cider and fresh eating.
Vigor: The tree is a reliable bearer, heavy cropper, annual.
Background: Although “nonesuch” may appear self deprecating today, its meaning in the 19th century is better understood from its commonly used French translation – “nonpareil” or “unequalled”.
Article by Georgia Curry