Late Summer. Thought to be a Duchess seedling. Francis Peabody Sharp intro, Upper Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, about 1855.
An excellent all-purpose extremely hardy variety for pies and sauce and everything else. Highly recommended for the northern grower. This is among the best. For the chef in the north, it’s hard to do better.
Medium-sized roundish fruit, red blushed and striped with a lot of light yellow ground color showing through. Sometimes confused with Duchess, as the two are similar. John has both New Brunswicker and Duchess and loves them both; New Brunswicker ripens a week later.
Selected by the great plant breeder and nurseryman Francis Peabody Sharp (1823-1903) who long ago operated the largest orchards and the largest nurseries in North America less than ten miles across the border from Houlton, Maine. Sharp was largely responsible for apple growing in Aroostook County. He maintained a huge trial orchard of seedlings of thousands of crosses in search of hardy varieties of plums and apples.
Does not perform well south of about the NH-Mass line. No scab. Blooms early season. Z3-6. Maine Grown. (Semi-dwarf: 2½-5' bare-root trees)