Fall-Winter. Alton, NH, before 1813. Also called Milding and Winter Gravenstein.
All-purpose Baldwin-type winter variety popularized long ago for growing where Baldwin lacked hardiness. Large oblate-to-conic fruit mottled and splashed with bright red. Good for fresh eating and cooking. The fine-textured whitish flesh, tinged with yellow, is coarse, quite juicy, sparkly, crisp and melting. Medium hard with a snap. Very pleasing. Famous for winter pies.
Once fairly common in northern New England and still found in old Maine orchards. Some years ago I received a wonderful letter from 101-year-old Eva Burgess of Sangerville, who wrote, “I practically grew up in an apple orchard. My grandfather, Henry Leland, was an orchardist in Piscataquis County… His main apple was Milding.”
Ripens late and keeps until spring. Large vigorous tree. Blooms midseason. Z3-5. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees)