Flavor: Crisp, balanced sweet-tart
Approximate Ripening: Late September
Uses: Eating, all-purpose cooking, hard cider
Trivia: This McIntosh-type apple was discovered in 1978 as a chance seedling by Erick Leadbeater of Contoocook, NH. It was introduced to market in 1990.
Notes: Hampshire carries a flavor that mixes the tartness of McIntosh, the sweetness of Red Delicious, and a little Cortland spiciness. It’s crisper than McIntosh, the apple it most resembles, so McIntosh fans are well advised to seek out Hampshire.