A dear friend of mine has two gnarled hundred year old
apple trees on her property.
brought to Upstate NY from Scotland as seedlings.
They look very much like these.
The apples are super hard and sturdy,
yellow with brown spots and an occasional blush.
Thankfully, she never sprays them and they yield
abundant disease free fruit every October.
The skins are thin but strong,
and when they drop, they retain their shape and are not marred.
They're crisp and snap when bitten into;
luscious sweet, somewhat spicy and tart
and nothing at all like any store bought apple.
This variety is considered a rarity...
an heirloom once popular in the Catskill Region
where Cider Mills used to dot the valleys,
The CHAMPAGNE of APPLES.
We've used these apples in every conceivable way with excellent results; our second favorite being apple sauce.
It was when we
juiced them that
we understood just
how special they really are !
This rare cultivar deserves to live on. I harvested seed from two apples in October 2014 and placed them between sheets of dampened paper towel in a covered airtight container stored in the fridge.
According to Apple Tree Propagating Experts, if the seed doesn't sprout in two weeks time, they should be considered discardable duds.
I almost followed that advice when a month had gone by with no changes and again when two months showed nothing.
Patience paid off well after the third month with a 60% sprout ! I'm so excited
about planting them all, watching that first set of leaves form and giving trees away to good homes !
WANT ONE ?