APPLES - HEIRLOOM
The apple is the epitome of an American fruit. Its initial use was as a means of expansion into the new frontier at the hand of Johnny Appleseed, and it is also the basis of many quintessential American baked goods such as apple butter, apple pie and apple cider doughnuts. Though the apple is prevalent in American food traditions, it is not native to North America - it was brought to the US by English and Western European settlers. During its time on North American soil, the cultivated apple changed into a new type of fruit with the propagation of seedlings that were genetically unlike the apple parent trees; new types of American apples quickly emerged, many of them unnamed varieties that were unique to a particular village, farm or estate.
Our heirloom collection consists of varieties which are close to 100 years or older. Some are still in commercial production and some are the parents of today’s modern varieties. Often the exact age and history is not known but they were frequently grown regionally for their outstanding characteristics. Their special flavors and unique characteristics make these varieties worthy of continuing growth. These apples are whips and average 30"-36" as bare root. They have well developd root structure and can be planted out right away or grown in a container if desired. As such we are selling these at a highly discounted price. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET SOME UNCOMMON AND RARE VARIETIES FOR YOUR COLLECTION OR HOME ORCHARD
AT A REALLY GOOD PRICE!
Ashmead's Kernel is a 1700's traditional English russet apple. It has a distinctive pear-like flavor. One of the few English varieties that perfoms well in the US. Often considered a connoisseur's dessert apple, it is quite versatile. It can be used for cooking, or salads, stores very well.
Belle de Booskoop Originating in the Netherlands in the 1850's BdB is firm, tart and fragrant. Greenish tinged with red, it stands up well to cooking. Very high in acid content, can contain more than 4 times the vitamin C of Granny Smith. It is a late season Triploid so does not pollinate other varieties.
The Calville Blanc D'Hiver (Calville's white winter) originated in France in the 16th century from a chance seedling. Grown by Thomas Jefferson, its spicy aromatic flavor makes it one of the world's top culinary apples. Cold hardy and easy to grow as a late season variety It is unique with yellow green color and a rather lumpy form. Good for tarts ,cider and sauces.
Chenengo Strawberry Introduced around 1850, Chenango Strawberry is an early-season apple that was highly popular and sought after during its heyday in the U.S. northeast for its appearance, aroma and flavor. As with so many other great and regional varieties it almost disappeared once mass marketing took over the apple world, leaving people with few varieties to choose among at the grocery store. Medium to large fruit smooth, yellowish or greenish skin striped with crimson. Flesh juicy, mildly subacid, aromatic with a hint of strawberries.
Cinnamon Spice/Laxton's Fortune This tree was discovered in Bolinas-Olema valley, CA by Jesse Schwartz. At the time nobody could identify this delicious apple so it was named Cinnamon Spice for its rich, distinct cinnamon flavor, tasting similar to an apple pie. Exceptionally sweet, medium in size, wine-red fruit with some yellow hue. It may also be the variety Laxton's Fortune from England released 1904and would be derived from Cox Pippen x Wealthy.
Dudley Winter Found in Maine, Dudley originated as a seedling of Duchess of Oldenburg. It was planted about 1877 on the farm of J.W. Dudley at Castle Hill in Aroostook County. Large, greenish-yellow fruit with red overlay. Flesh is firm, tender, very juicy, and briskly sub-acid. Excellent for sauce and baking, reasonable keeper.
Eastman Sweet An extremely cold hardy tree with unknown heredity. Attractive fruit with rich, sweet, yellowish flesh. Tree bears heavily and is long-lived.
FrostbiteTested extremely cold hardy for decades and a grandparent to Honeycrisp. It's almost tangy, very sweet, and juicy. Biting into a Frostbite is almost like biting into a piece of sugarcane. Smaller late season apple that has a striped maroon-red skin over a gold-yellow background.
The Haralson apple was introduced in 1922 and named after Charles Haralson, superintendent of the University of Minnesota Fruit Breeding Farm. Very cold hardy It has a red color and are juicy, having a tart flavor. They are good for eating, cooking, and are an excellent choice for pies.
Kandil Sinap An heirloom apple dating back to the early 1800s. There is debate as to whether it is of Turkish origin or Russian, nonetheless it was discovered on the Sinop Peninsula along the Black Sea. It's tall, skinny, cylindrical shape is different looking from any other apple. But don’t let its unique shape distract you from its sweet and sharp excellent flavor. It’s great in dessert baking and eating fresh, not to mention it keeps well.
Kidd's Orange Red Developed by J.H. Kidd of New Zealand in 1924, who also developed the Gala. Kidd's Orange Red is a cross between Cox and Delicious. It has pink, crimson flush, some stripes over pale yellow skin with russet dots. A fine desert apple, the vigorous and precocious tree produces fruit which are medium in size and does well in warm climates. Considered by many to have better flavor than Cox, it is a much easier tree to grow. Flavor can increase and become more complex with a few weeks of storage.
The Lodi is a cross of Yellow Transparent and Montgomery Sweet both of which were originally from the NY Ag Experimental Station. It was introduced in 1924 and is commonly grown in the Southern U.S., although it also does well further north. Light green in color and has been described as an early season, summer apple and also as a cooking apple.
Pitmaston Pineapple is an 1785 English apple. It is a small, juicy apple good for both fresh-eating and cider. It has a sweet, nutty flavor with a hint of honey, and a pineapple taste that gives the variety its name. Probably a seedling of Golden Pippin, it is yellow in color.
Starkey Various sources describe Starkey as a Ribston Pippin x Black Oxford cross originally from around the 1790's. Rediscovered by John Bunker around 1993. John calls it “crisp, juicy, perfect combination of sweet and tart, a really excellent apple, also beautiful. It’s sort of a rusty red color with very prominent small white dots, visually very attractive, not just another ‘red’ apple.”
Westfield Seek No Further An old-fashioned American apple with old English quality that's name says it all. WSNF has a red flush over yellow skin. Fruit is crisp and juicy with a rich, distinctive flavor, excellent for fresh-eating. Originating from Westfield, Massachusetts around the mid 1700's. Its said that ”Its taste is nicely balanced, honey paired with a sprightly acidity that is never harsh. Rich mellow flavors, including pear, are accented by lemon-like citric notes. The memory of vanilla haunts the aftertaste”.