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Please refer to yesterday’s post for information on rootstock, etc. Big thanks to the people who’ve ordered and those who have already picked up trees! Yay!
Audun and I have finished sorting through the apples, putting aside ones to plant at my place and working out which trees can be for sale.
Here are the rest of the available apples… PLEASE have a read through this and yesterday’s post and have a short list before contacting me… if you want four apples, have a list of six so that if some are sold out you can grab the next on the list. All of these apples are interesting and useful in their own way; people often stick to dessert apples, but why not deliberately plant a classic cooker like Geeveston Fanny (slices stay firm when cooked) or Golden Noble which does the opposite and turns into a golden fluffy mass. Some kids have never seen apple that cooks like that… give ’em a treat!
Calville blanc d’Hiver FT 3 M9 / M26 /MM102
Cooking, France post 1600. Fruit medium size, variable, yellow, smooth, sweet – acid. Flesh colour white to creamy pale yellow. Late season harvest. The perfect choice for tarte aux pommes, its spicy aromatic flavor makes it one of the world’s top culinary apples, which keeps shape during cooking. The ugly exterior of this mis-shapen apple belies a sublime interior.
Cornish Gilliflower FT 3 M9 / M26 / Ottawa 3
Dessert, late harvest, England (Cornwall_ pre-1813. Fruit large, green, flushed brown-red, firm, rich aromatic. Light cropper, tip bearer. “No other equals it in excellence”. All classic writers agree about its high quality.
Dayton FT 3 M26
Modern variety – USA (Illinois), 1976. Brilliant red fruit is crisp, juicy, sweet-tart, and very flavourful. Flesh is pale yellow, fine grained, and mildly sub-acid.
Doctor Hogg FT 3 M 26 / Ottawa 3
Dual purpose, second early to midseason harvest, England (Sussex) 1880. Fruit medium-size, golden, pink cheer, tender, juicy, brisk-sweet. Tree flowers midseason. “First class baking, excellent culinary, also good for dessert”
Edna Walling’s Crab FT 2 MM102 (one only)
Famous for being the favourite of Australian 1930’s and 40’s garden designer Edna Walling. Fruits are a good size for jelly making (35-40 mm round).
Einshemer FT 1 [E] M9 / M26
Syn. Ein Shemer. Dessert, early harvest, Israel, modern. Fruit medium to large, yellow with some blush, sweet. Tree flowers very early, diploid. Said to be resistant to apple scab (black spot). Another of the modern low chill varieties. Because of its very early flowering, some authorities suggest Anna or Dorsett Golden for cross-pollination. Clive Winmill’s observation of flowering periods suggests cultivars from FT1 may be better. (It is in leaf now, early September)
Egremont Russet FT 2 MM102
Dessert, midseason harvest (late season according to Orange Pippin website). England 1872. The definitive English russet apple, with the charateristic sweet/dry “nutty” flavour. Spur bearer. Eaten fresh, cooked or dried. Main commercial russet in UK, “A delicious fruit especialy suited for garden use”
Fameuse (aka Snow Apple) FT 3 M26
Syn. Pomme de Neige, Snow Apple. Dessert, mid to late harvest, probably Canada, pre-1730. Fruit small, red, crisp, very white-fleshed, mild flavour, slight perfume. Tree vigorous, good cropper, flowers midseason. “A very celebrated fruit”. A noted favourite – particularly of children, probably on account of its mild flavour and handy size. There appears to be a cultivar called “Lady in the Snow” which is sometimes thought to be the same as Fameuse – both are popularly called Snows. However, it seems more probably that they’re two distinct cultivars. The flesh of Fameuse is typically pure white, whereas that of Lady in the Snow has a pink tinge. Winmill states that Lady in the Snow is a name of no horticulturally standing. Fameuse produces seedlings fairly close to the parental type, so the mysterious Lady may be one of those.
Geeveston Fanny FT 2 M 26 / Ottawa 3
Dual purpose, midseason harvest, Tasmania, pre-1880. Fruit small-medium, prettily flushed/striped, crisp, sweet, aromatic. Tree vigorous, upright, heavy cropper, best thinned. Flowers early to midseason. “In cooking, slices retain their shape”. One of the Winmill favourites and one of the prettiest. Distinct from the USA cv. Fanny but possibly a seedling from it.
Gladstone FT 4 MM102
An old English summer apple, dating back to the 1780s, but re-introduced in 1868 by Mr Jackson of Blakedown Nursery as Jackson’s Seedling. Renamed Gladstone in 1883. (Orange Pippin website) Not named after the Prime Minister! Red fruit, early season harvest. Partial tip bearer.
Gloster 69 FT 3 M26 / Ottawa 3
This is a vigorous tree and a prolific and reliable cropper. It produces large dark red apples that are sweet and crisp and can be used as eaters or cookers. It can be a useful tree to grow as a pollinator for other apple trees. Raised at a research station in Germany (Jork, Hamburg, 1950’s), it became a popular commercial variety and is widely grown across northern Europe.
Golden Delicious FT 3 M9
Dessert, mid to late harvest, USA, released 1914. Fruit medium size, yellow, crisp, sweet. Despite name, not related to the Delicious family of apples. One of the most widely grown apples. You’ve eaten it, you know it. 🙂
Golden Noble FT 4 Ottawa 3 / MM 102
Cooker, early to mid season. England (Norfolk) 1820. Tree vigorous, moderate cropper, partial tip bearer. In cooking, retains lemony flavour, cooks fluffy, pale golden. Very ripe specimens can be eaten by those who like a tangy fruit.
Gravenstein Triploid – FT 2 M26
Dual purpose, early to second-early harvest, possibly Schleswig-Holstein, possibly Italy, pre-1667. Fruit large, flushed and streaked, crisp, aromatic, cooks fluffily. Tree vigorous, spreading, partial tip-bearer, flowers early to midseason, triploid. “Very valuable apple of the first quality” OrangePippin website states it as a Danish apple.
Hoover FT FT unknown Ottawa 3 / MM102
Dessert, USA (Sth Carolina pre 1850) Large, slightly conical apples. Skin almost completely covered with dark-red (which can be a lighter red at lower altitudes) with some russetting and light dots. Inside, they have firm, tender, juicy flesh with a good, brisk taste with mild tartness. Very late so good keeper. (This variety not included in Winmill’s ‘definite’ list. Flowering time hence unknown but likely to be mid/late as US records describe it as coming into leaf much later than other Southern apples)
Isaac Newton’s Tree FT 5 M26
Cooker, late harvest, England (Lincs) c.1660. Fruit large, lumpy, green, some flush, soft subacid. Tree moderately vigorous, spreading, mostly tip bearing, flowers late. The well-known piece of folklore has it that Newton’s Law of Gravity was inspired by an apple falling from the tree in his garden. The tree was propagated before it died, resulting in this cultivar of special historical interest. Its original name, if it had one, is unknown.
Jonathan FT 3 M9 / M26
Dual purpose, mid to late harvest, USA pre-1826. Fruit medium size, flushed, firm, subacid. Tree medium-sized, slender, spreading almost drooping, regular cropper, flowers midseason, diploid. Still a favourite for many, mostly as a dessert apple.
Kidd’s Orange Red FT 3 M9 / M26 / MM102
Dessert, mid to very late harvest, New Zealand, 1924. Bred from Cox’s Orange Pippin x Golden Delicious. Fruit medium size, red, russet patches, firm, crisp, juicy, sweet. Tree moderately vigorous, spreading, productive, flowers midseason, diploid. “well worth a place in the garden… rich aromatic flavour” Because of genetic closeness, not good in cross-pollination combinations with either of its parents.
Kingston Black (aka Black Taunton) FT 3 M26
Traditional English (Somerset, pre 1884) cider apples, especially suited for making dry cider. Fruit small & red.
King David FT 3 M26 / Ottawa 3
Dessert, mid to late harvest, USA (Ark), 1893, released 1902. Fruit medium size, red, firm, subacid. Tree flowers midseason. Possible Jonathan/Winesap parentage
King of Tompkins County Triploid – FT 3 [E] MM102
USA, New Jersey, early 1800’s. Fruit large, dual purpose late season bearer. Aromatic flavour when eaten as a dessert apple, also used for cooking and drying. Keeps very well, as do most late bearing varieties. Spur bearing so could be espaliered. (worth buying for the name!)
Laxton’s Superb FT 4 Ottawa 3
Dessert, late harvest, England (Beds) 1897. Fruit medium, dull flushed, crisp, sweet. Tree vigorous, upright, spreading, biennial bearing, flowers mid to late. “Crisp and melting, of good flavour”. Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit, 1919.
Lodi FT 3 M26 / Ottawa 3
Cooker, early USA (New York) introduced 1924. Fruit medium to large, pale yellow, occasional brownish-yellow flush, flesh subacid. Tree vigorous, spreading, partial tip-bearer, flowers midseason. A seedling of White Transparent, selected by New York Agricultural Experiment Station. Bruises less easily than its parent.
Maiden’s Blush FT 3 M26 /Ottawa 3
Cooker, second-early harvest. Long circulated in Australia under this name, but appears to be neither the English Maiden’s Blush nor the Irish Maiden’s Blush not the Maiden Blush of USA. However, a good cooker, said by some to be better than even Bramley’s Seedling. Fruit medium size, usually flushed, crisp, tender, acid. Tree regular bearer, flowers midseason. Pale yellow skin with red blush.
Mother FT 4 M9 / M26
Syn. American Mother. Dessert, second-early to early midseason harvest, USA 1844. Fruit medium size, flushed and striped, crisp, aromatic. Tree upright, moderately vigorous, round-headed, flowers mid to late season, diploid. “A very choice dessert fruit”
Mutsu (aka Crispin) Triploid – FT 3 M26
Dual purpose, late harvest, Japan, c. 1949. Bred from Golden Delicious x Indo. Fruit large, golden, slight flush, firm, subacid to sweet, cooks pale yellow with pieces staying whole. Tree vigorous, spreading, spurs freely, heavy cropper if given cross-pollination, flowers midseason, triploid. “Refreshing”. Introduced to Australia in 1980/90’s and much touted (then) on account of its size – as if no large apples had ever existed before. Because of genetic closeness, not good in cross-pollination combinations with either of its parents.
Newton Pippin FT 3 M102
Newtown, Long Island, mid 18th Century. Also known as Albermarle Pippin. Made famous by Thomas Jefferson, who grew them in his orchard at Monticello. One of the first US apple exports to the UK. Quite self-fertile and adaptable, – used for dessert, cooking, juicing, drying and making hard/dry cider. Can tend toward biennial bearing.
Northern Spy FT 5 M26 / Ottawa 3
Syn. Spy. Dual purpose, very late harvest, USA c. 1800. Fruit medium size, flushed, tender, sweet, fragrant, good keeper. Tree vigorous, upright, compact, flowers late, diploid. “Most delicious, fragrant and sprightly” Makes good pies
Pine Golden Pippin FT 5 M26 / MM102
Dessert, mid to late harvest, UK pre-1861. Fruit small medium, fully russeted, tender, pineapple flavour. Tree flowers late. “One of the best”
Spartan FT 3 [E] M9 / MM102
Dessert, mid to late harvest, Canada, 1926. Fruit medium-large, dark red, firm, crisp, juicy, sweet. Tree upright-spreading, moderately vigorous, flowers midseason, diploid. “Very good eating qualities”
Stayman’s Winesap FT 3 [E] M9 / M26 / MM102
Syn. Winesap (by error). Dessert, late harvest, USA (Kansas) raised 1895. Fruit medium-large, flushed and striped, firm, aromatic subacid, good keeper. Tree moderately vigorous, spreading, flowers midseason, triploid. “The best variety of the Winesap class for general cultivation”. The class includes several sports and seedlings derived from the old USA cultivar Winesap. Stayman’s Winesap is one of the seedling offspring. When its distinguishing term “Stayman’s” is dropped during name-shortening (a common practice), the name becomes plain Winesap, leading to confusion with its parent. Stayman’s Winesap has added to the Winesap group by producing more highly coloured sports. Scarlet Staymared is a popular one which originated in the USA (Washington) in 1936.
Sturmer Pippin FT 3 M26 / Ottawa 3
Dessert, late harvest, England (Suffolk or Essex) c. 1830. Fruit medium size, flushed, russeted, crisp, rich, briskly sweet, good keeper. Tree slender, good cropper, flowers midseason, diploid. “Indispensable for late use… exceedingly desirable”. Pick as late as possible to develop full flavour. Red sports exist.
Summer Strawberry FT 4 MM102
Dessert, second early harvest. Probably Australia (SA), probably late 1800’s. Fruit small-medium, striped, crisp when fresh, sweet. Tree moderately vigorous, spreading, needs good soils, flowers mid to late. Other ‘Summer Strawberry’ apples exist, and this may be an early 19th Century one from Scotland or the north of England, but the Australian background seems most likely. Red sports exist, the best of which is probably Mould’s Red Summer Strawberry
Twenty Ounce FT 3 M9 / M26 / Ottawa 3 / MM102
Dual purpose, mid to late harvest, USA (Connecticut) c. 1844. Fruit large, yellow, streaked and splashed red, tender, subacid, good dryer. Tree moderately vigorous, dense spreading, good cropper, flowers midseason. “Very large and showy… highly esteemed… reliable”. Better for cooking and exhibition than for dessert. Not to be confused with Twenty Ounce Pippin, another North American cultivar. A similar cultivator is Opalescent
Veitch’s Scarlett FT 4 MM102 [This is a CRAB apple]
Uk C. 1904. Flowers about 35 mm across, pink in bud but white when open. Fruit large (45 mm) scarlet, oval, so good for cooking and jelly making
White Winter Pearmain Triploid – FT 2 MM102
Dual purpose. Late harvest, keeps for 2-3 months. Online information about this apple is contradictory (e.g. dating from 1200 or 1800’s? triploid or self-fertile? keeping time?), so it might be good to have a few local plantings to see how it goes here! Salt Springs claim it as a US apple, from mid-19th Century. Several websites state that it was very popular, so maybe it was very tasty? I’ve only got one for sale – who wants it? 🙂
Yates FT 3 M9 / M26
Very late and a great keeper. Dessert, very late harvest. USA c 1813. Fruit small, red, firm, sweet. Tree vigourous, upright, great & regular bearer. “First class” Still a favourite in some parts of Australia. Fruit can remain on tree after leaf fall. Rarely misses a year.
See that sunshine in the background?
A taste of things to come, friends!