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Charette Apple Fall. Also called The Donut Apple. Unknown parentage. May have originated in Fort Kent, ME, although Aroostook fruit-explorer Garfield King speculated that it came down from Québec 200 years ago with French missionaries. The only known mature tree is a gigantic specimen on Charette Hill in Fort Kent.

Very large Wolf River-size oblate fruit, mostly covered with stripes and splashes of pink and bright red. Surprisingly good fresh eating for such a large apple.

Wonderful balance of flavors in a pie. Aromatic. Holds shape well and requires no lemon. Makes a light pink chunky sauce that’s tart and spicy but not sour. No need to peel or add sugar. Baked, Charette tastes like bananas flambé—you can spoon it out or eat it skin and all. Excellent sliced and lightly sautéed in butter although they lose shape if cooked too long. Also good for drying.

Ripens around the end of September. Keeps a few weeks. Extremely hardy. Z3-5. Maine Grown. (3-6' trees)

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Additional Information


All apple trees require a second variety for pollination, but any apple or crabapple blooming at the same time, within a quarter mile, will probably do.

Planting distance depends on the rootstock:
Plant standard trees (A) 25-30' apart.
Plant Bud 118 (B) rootstocks 20-25' apart.
Plant M111 (C) rootstocks 15-20' apart.
Plant Bud 9 (D) rootstocks 5-10' apart.

Each apple variety has a climate range where it will thrive and produce its best fruit. At the end of each apple description we list a range of zones. For example, Z3-4 signifies that this apple will reach perfection in Zones 3 and 4 and that we don’t recommend it farther south even though it would be plenty hardy. Z4-6 means that this apple will reach perfection in Zones 4, 5 or 6. Although we have received reports from southern areas that some of our rarest Maine apples are thriving, we suggest you use this guide to select apples most appropriate to your area.

Varieties bearing annually are noted; others normally bear every other year. With diligent annual pruning and thinning, most apples will produce an annual crop, one heavy, the next light.

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