Fall. Westfield, Mass., mid-18th century.
One of the most famous of all heirloom dessert apples. Still loved by anyone who knows it. A Hudson River grower of 200 varieties declared it “the best apple in the world.”
Medium-sized roundish-conic fruit is dull rusty red, yellow, conspicuously dotted and sometimes russeted. Highly flavored, rich, a little bit sweet, a little bit sour, firm, crisp and juicy. It has everything. The Apples of New York calls it “rich, sometimes astringent, peculiarly aromatic, sprightly, very good to best.” Also an outstanding drying apple. Keeps until early winter.
Hardier tree than Baldwin. Michael Clark of Knox, Maine, provided scionwood. His ancient tree is a sight to behold. Blooms midseason. Z4-6. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees)