Summer. Thought to be from Astrakhan, Russia, prior to 1800.
The standard Maine summer cooking apple for generations. Still found occasionally in old Maine dooryards. Juicy rich subacid white flesh frequently tinged with red makes a highly colored sauce. Especially loved for its distinctive flavor in pies.
Medium-sized somewhat oblate fruit, splashed or sometimes solidly covered with dark red. An obvious russet patch surrounds the stem. Resembles a junior version of a Wolf River. Keeps for a few weeks with refrigeration.
Fruit ripens over a period of several weeks in midsummer, making it perfect for the home orchard and lousy for the commercial folks who want them all at once.
From Russia via Sweden, the apple then traveled to England, and to Massachusetts in 1835. From there it quickly spead throughout New England and beyond. Very hardy. Blooms early. Z3-6. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees; semi-dwarf: 2½-5' bare-root trees)