Winter. Unknown parentage. Bethel, Vermont, before 1855. Famous all-purpose heirloom Vermonter.
Large dark red fruit with prominent dots. Orchardist and author Michael Phillips recently wrote to John, “Fruit quality is always excellent, with very little scab and generally too late for maggot fly interest. This is a divine eating apple that first month off the tree. As crispness starts to fade, Bethel still lays claim to being a prime pie apple for the holidays. We use it as well in cider: think pearmain aromatic with body. Apples develop good color even within canopy so I tend not to prune Bethel quite as heavy.” We also like it baked.
Although brighter red than Blue Pearmain, you can see why it’s in a collection of varieties known as the Blue Pearmain group. Also similar in appearance to another deep-red apple from Bethel called Stone. They may have even originated on the same farm. Phillips, of Lost Nation Orchard in Groveton, New Hampshire, provided scionwood.
Blooms later half of midseason. Z3-6. Maine Grown. (3-6' bare-root trees)