Pumpkin Sweet (Mt Vernon ME) Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Probably originating in Massachusetts, Connecticut or maybe Maine, before 1870. There are several different Pumpkin Sweets found in New England. This one was traditionally grown throughout the southern half of Maine.
The fruit is large, roundish, russeted and often highly colored with brilliant splashes of orange and red. It’s a true sweet cooking and cider variety with little or no acidity.
Mentioned in the Maine recollections of Henry Sanders, 1868-1956: “One was a full meal, even for a hungry boy. Baked and sliced into johnnycake and milk, it was a holiday dish.” Josiah Pierce of Baldwin, Maine, was the first to insist that we find the apple. Many thanks to Mt. Nebo Orchards in Mount Vernon for supplying the scionwood. Z4-6.
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