On Saturday I visited my old mate Tony down at Apollo Bay and we went for a walk in the hills behind the town, where his family farm contains an amazing array of heritage apples. We got very lucky because the Duchess of Oldenburg graced us with a few gifts!
It is an early season spur-bearing cooking apple, but tasted quite fine straight off the tree. The distinctive stripes of yellow & red make this a very attractive, if small, apple.
Originally from Russia (mid 1700’s), this tree is a parent to the well-known Northern Spy (a prominent rootstock tree for many decades). The fruit doesn’t keep long (a characteristic of many early apples) but cooks to a puree with a slight orange taste… think I’d better get some on the stove!
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