Poorfarm Pleasure Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Fall. Probably Cumberland County, Maine, before 1900.
Very large distinctly conical fruit with a blossom end that resembles the nipple on a lemon. The apple is mostly a light buttery yellow, decorated with a few short brilliant-red stripes and sometimes a bit of red wash. The overall look leans heavily toward yellow.
Flavor is fairly mild with some bitterness. It cooks quickly into a fine creamy light pink slightly tart sauce. Could also be an excellent addition to fermented cider. Use them up by mid-late October.
Introduced to us by Portland-area fruit-explorer Bruce McVicar who took me to the enormous tree at an old estate not more than 100 yards from Casco Bay in early October 2014. We’ve never seen anything like it. You haven’t either. Our provisional name is Poorfarm Pleasure. Thanks to Bruce and to the Robbins family for allowing us to take scionwood.
Uncertain bloom time. Z4-7.
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