Mantet Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Summer. (Tetofsky x open-pollinated) Morden Station, Manitoba, 1929. Sometimes said to be a McIntosh-Tetovsky cross. Very high-quality extremely hardy late-summer variety for dessert and cooking. Excellent flavor. Late August in central Maine. Fine-grained juicy tender aromatic creamy white flesh. Medium-large roundish-truncated ribbed slightly lumpy fruit. Amber skin is washed with dark red streaks and blotches. Grower Don Johnson wrote to me, “First, it has a wonderful bloom. Some people plant flowering crabs just for the bloom. I think Mantet is equal to any of them. Of the 100 apples that I have I can’t think of any that are as nice. Second, it is an annual heavy bearer. And for an early bearer…it keeps well, much better than Lodi or Yellow Transparent. Fourth, it has a most pleasing apple flavor…After they taste it they all want to grow it.” Its one flaw is its susceptibility to scab which can be severe. Blooms early season. Z3-5.
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