It’s not easy being green—unless, of course, you’re a timeless American classic, like Kermit the Frog—or the Rhode Island Greening apple.
Green is the name of the game with the Rhode Island Greening, in more ways than one: "Greening" actually used to be a term for green-colored apple in colonial America, and this variety in particular was discovered in Green’s End of Newport, Rhode Island by a Mr. Green himself. (Yes, really.)
As one of the oldest American apple varieties—and the official state fruit of Rhode Island—this apple is considered to be one of the finest for cooking. The green-skinned fruit is also a trooper throughout the winter and can keep well into the spring, making it a prime candidate for storing and adapting, as it mellows out in flavor over time.
Since we're officially in pie season, we thought the Rhode Island Greening would be the perfect apple to highlight as our November Apple of the Month. Brewers should note: this apple performs spectacularly in a blended cider, imparting a flavor that's juicy, incredibly rich, and gives a tartness that can’t be beat.