The crisp, juicy, russet-style apples of this antique cultivar from Quebec are still among the best for eating out of hand. The small, rounded to flattish fruits have thick yellow-green skin with a rough brown-tinged surface. The yellowish-white, firm, fine-grained, aromatic flesh has a robust tart-sweet flavor. The abundantly borne fruits mature in late summer and keep well for several months. Plant 'Pomme Gris' near other apple varieties to insure cross-pollination and fruiting. It makes a good...
(Antique Apple, Apple, Cider Apple, Mid-season Apple, Red Apple)
Among the best of early-ripening heirloom apples, ‘Porter’ has large conical fruits with pinkish-red skin and white aromatic flesh that has a notably pleasant aftertaste. The fruits are ready for picking by September and trees are apple-free by the end of October. The apples are not excellent keepers but when refrigerated, they'll maintain their good qualities for as long as 10 weeks.
The tree has spreading, open branches and is generally high-yielding but slow to reach maturity. It also...
(Antique Apple, Apple, Cooking Apple, Mid-season Apple)
This old-time New England apple is excellent for baking, stewing, and cider-making. Ripening in late summer, the large rounded fruits are yellow-green with a rough brownish overlay ("russeting"). The yellowish-white, firm, coarse flesh of this cooking apple is tender, juicy, and sweet. Pumpkin Russets are poor keepers. The relatively large, vigorous, disease-resistant trees tend to bear in alternate years. Plant 'Pumpkin Russet' near other apple varieties to insure cross-pollination and fruiting....
(Antique Apple, Apple, Cooking Apple)
Originating in Manchester, Connecticut, in the early nineteenth century, 'Pumpkin Sweet' (also known as 'Pound Sweet') is still esteemed as a cooking apple. Ripening in late summer and early fall, the large rounded fruits are greenish-yellow to orange-yellow with bronze overtones. In warmer climates they may develop rough brownish "russeting." The yellowish-white flesh is exceptionally sweet. Pumpkin Sweets are relatively poor keepers, lasting only a few weeks in storage. The relatively large, vigorous...
(Antique Apple, Apple, Dessert Apple, Late-season Apple)
Originating in Amherst County, Virginia, in the late eighteenth century, 'Ralls' (also known as 'Ralls Janet') was once a favorite dessert apple in the Upper Southeast and Lower Midwest United States. The medium-sized, flattish to rounded fruits are pale greenish-yellow with a pink blush and rose-red striping and mottling. The yellowish-white, firm, crispy flesh of this dessert apple is juicy, aromatic, and tangily sweet. Ralls is a good keeper, lasting many weeks in storage. The twiggy, fireblight-prone...
Originating in Thompson, Connecticut, around 1840, 'Ramsdell Sweet' is still prized for its handsome, sweetly flavored apples. The medium to large, oblong fruits are dark red with yellow undertones. The yellowish-white, firm, fine-grained flesh of this dessert apple is juicy, tender, and very sweet. Ramsdell Sweet apples ripen in late summer to early fall and are relatively good keepers, lasting in storage until early winter. The vigorous trees bear light to modest crops annually, but the fruits...
(Apple, Cooking Apple, Red Baron Apple)
This cultivar, 'Red Baron,' is a medium-sized dessert apple bred in Zone 4 by the University of Minnesota. It is a sweet apple, yellow and red, with juicy flesh and a mild flavor. The fruits mature in late summer and are best eaten fresh because they do not keep well, even in cold storage. This is a small, hardy, deciduous tree that is resistant to fire blight, a damaging bacterial disease most common on young, fast-growing shoots. There is confusion about the name 'Red Baron.' Many nurseries give...
(Antique Apple, Apple, Late-season Apple)
Originating more than 200 years ago, 'Red Canada' is still the among the most flavorful dessert apples. The medium to large, flattish, cylindrical fruits are dark red with yellow-green undertones and conspicuous gray "freckles." The yellowish-white, firm, fine-grained flesh of this dessert apple is juicy, tender, aromatic, and very flavorful. Red Canada apples ripen in early fall and are relatively good keepers, lasting in storage until early to midwinter. The moderately vigorous trees tend to bear...
(Apple, Red Delicious Apple, Red Eating Apple)
A long-time favorite dessert apple, 'Red Delicious' was discovered in about 1875 as a chance seedling on the farm of Jesse Hiatt in Peru, Iowa. Today, it is grown around the world for its deep red color, sweetness, and long life in storage.
The tree has a rounded to oval canopy and, like all domestic apples, is descended from a deciduous species native to southwestern Asia. In spring, its branches offer clusters of sweet, fragrant white to pale pink flowers, followed by the distinctively red...
(Apple, Cider Apple, Cooking Apple, Red Eating Apple, Red Gravenstein Apple)
Originating in Europe in the seventeenth century, 'Gravenstein' is still valued for its highly flavorful apples. Red forms of this heirloom apple are sometimes sold as 'Red Gravenstein.' Ripening over several weeks in late summer, the large, rounded, somewhat oblong fruits have thin, tender, greenish-yellow to orange-yellow skin heavily blushed with red. The fine-textured yellow flesh of this dessert or cooking apple is firm, tender, crisp, juicy, and fragrant, with a rich piquant flavor. The fruits...