Old Maine favorite for eating right off the tree in October, as well as for sauce and fresh cider. Crisp yellow flesh, juicy, tender, coarse with balanced flavor. Large to very large round-blocky dark orange-red fruit.
The name is deceiving. It originated in New Jersey, later brought to Tompkins County, NY, where it picked up the name we know and its great reputation. Soon spread throughout the Northeast becoming popular whenever it was grown. Old trees can still be found in central and southern Maine. One of the reasons for its name must be its incredible vigor and productivity.
Young grafted trees outgrow all others. When John topworked a wild tree at his place, it grew 4' the first year! Keeps till January. Blooms midseason. Z4.
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