Winter. Unknown parentage. Zephaniah Breed intro, Weare, NH, before 1850. Also called Aunt Dorcas, Grandmother, Clothesyard Apple and maybe a few more.
Very large roundish-oblate red fruit ripens in late October and keeps until spring. Most years we still eat them in early May.
Moderately juicy, firm but not crisp, slightly subacid, surprisingly good. Writer and Chelsea Green editor Ben Watson of New Hampshire is leading the effort to revive the variety and loves the “cardamom, coriander, warm spice” flavor. Cooks down quickly into a loose pink delicious sauce. The skins mostly dissolve. An old source adds that “it abounds in a rich, refreshing, and well flavored juice.”
The story goes that Dorcas Dow yanked up a young apple tree to use as a whip on a long horse ride. When she arrived home, the little tree still looked pretty good so she planted it.
Once well known throughout New Hampshire and midcoast Maine. Probably blooms midseason. Z4-6. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees)