All-purpose winter storage variety that keeps in the root cellar until April. Large blocky dull reddish-green fruit, sometimes confused with Baldwin. Hardier than Baldwin. Commonly grown commercially in northern districts 100 years ago. Many trees can still be found in central Maine. Not of Baldwin dessert quality, but very good for cooking and drying. Ruth Smith from York Harbor wrote to me years ago about Stark: “I was always amazed at the color and thickness of the applesauce. I had to add a lot more water than the usual apple needed. It was very tart.”
According to Hedrick in his Cyclopedia of Hardy Fruits, the tree is “vigorous, hardy, healthy, productive, and very accommodating as to soils.” Keeps until spring. Not to be confused with the Maine apple Starkey or Missouri’s famous Stark Bro’s Nursery. Midseason bloomer. Z4. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees)
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