Kavanagh Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Fall. Unknown parentage. Damariscotta Mills, Maine, 1790. Also called Cathead because of its distinctive shape with large stem end tapering to a small calyx end, typical of Irish apples.
A large apple you see once and never forget. About half russet and half deep rich lime green. Slightly yellow flesh is mild, moderately crisp, moderately tart, and subtle. John’:s orchard crew called it, “vibrant, spunky, grassy and earthy with a nice punch.” Good for fall and early winter eating, excellent for cooking and drying. Foams up into creamy yellowish sauce, tart, tasty, medium-thick, a bit lumpy, no sugar necessary. The skin dissolves so there’s no need to strain the sauce.
Locally renowned shipbuilder James Kavanagh brought this apple from Ireland as a seed or maybe a small tree when he moved to Maine. John first gathered scionwood with historian and Kavanagh-enthusiast George Dow from what was thought to be the last living tree. John’:s since discovered a half dozen more, one as far away as Freeport and another on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Grows to be a huge long-lived tree. Blooms late. Z4.
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