Roxbury Russet Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Winter. Roxbury, Mass., early 1600s.
Said to be the first named American apple variety. One of the best late-winter dessert apples—it would be hard to live without a stash of them in the root cellar. A favorite for winter sauce.
Hard medium-large patchy green and russeted fruit not uniform in size, shape or color. Rich, spicy and juicy. Exceptional sauce. Dried, it’s nice and tart with a pleasant first sensation and a lingering good aftertaste. The aromatic juice has potential for cider, fresh or fermented.
Medium-to-large vigorous spreading tree. One of the most popular commercial apples of the 19th century, largely because it can store until summer. Scab resistant. Blooms midseason. Z4.
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