Connoisseurs of old fashioned apples know the Black Twig and the few orchards where they are available in the late fall. A good keeper, it has been described as tart and hearty with a slight wine flavor and is best used for cider and cooking. They are typically smaller than many other varieties and dark red in color.
The Black Twig originated from Tennessee in the mid 1800s and was reported to be a favorite of Andrew Jackson. It was grown extensively in central Virginia orchards until the mid 1900s.