With its bright red skin and crisp white flesh, Liberty is a relatively new apple that hasn’t lost touch with its roots in terms of flavor, with modern breeding adding good disease resistance to its McIntosh-derived flavors.
Pedigree: Macoun (whose parents were McIntosh and Black Jersey), developed by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, released 1978
Flowering group: 2
Pollination: Triploid, poor pollinator and self-sterile
Why we planted it: In the first experimental planting, chosen for reputed disease resistance as a base juice.
Stray Arrow Ranch trees
2012: 4 planted, G202 and B119 rootstock
Field and tasting notes
2015: One of only five varieties to fruit after an extraordinarily warm winter followed by a deep freeze in early spring. It placed third at the 2015 Stray Arrow apple tasting.