Medium to large all-purpose fruit. Predates the Rambo of Stallone. When the apple is still green, it takes some effort to bite into it, but when the seeds are just beginning to turn brown, get out the pie pan. As it turns darker red, it’s better for fresh eating and sauce. Try it with a slice of cheese. Yellow to yellow-green flesh is firm, dense and fairly juicy.
Grower Don Johnson said it cooked into the best applesauce he ever made. Somewhat oblate with prominent ribs (or are they rippling muscles?) around the blossom end. Skin ripens to a lightly washed and mottled lively pinkish red with occasional darker red stripes and russet patches. Uncertain bloom time. Z4. Maine Grown. (Semi-dwarf: 2½-5' bare-root trees)
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