Pumpkin Sweet of Orland Apple

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Pumpkin Sweet of Orland Apple

Fall. Probably Maine or West Thompson, CT, before 1837.

Sweet apple with very low acidity introduced to me years ago by Bob Dow of Orland, ME. He knew it as Pumpkin Sweet and described the fruit better than I can: “It has a real nice, mellow, sweetish, flavor. Not a harsh apple. Real fruity—not acidic. Creamyish texture. Tasty right off the tree. You don’t have to bust your gums to get into it.” Also recommended for cider, apple molasses and cooking. Medium-large angular roundish-conic fruit, almost entirely rusty red and prominently speckled. Keeps until New Year.

There are multiple “Sweet” red apples in Maine. Some detective work and DNA fingerprinting has now shown that Pumpkin Sweet, Wardwell Sweet and Sweet Red are all the same variety. I now think all three are all synonyms of the Connecticut apple Ramsdell Sweet. We hope to figure that out before too long. Blooms midseason. Z4. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees)



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