[NAFEX] Best keeping apples?
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri Jul 8 19:48:32 EDT 2005
Garfield Shults, Homedale, ID. has developed an apple called Coconut
Crunch that is extremely long keeping. They are still in prime
condition when the new crop comes in, and from what I've seen, might
keep as long as the Hambledon Deux Ans. I haven't tasted that many
yet, but they really do have a coconut-like aftertaste.
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at
http://www.bunchgrapes.com Winner of the Garden Writers Association
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
On Jul 8, 2005, at 10:45 AM, Mark Lee wrote:
Sam mentions Hambledon Deux Ans as keeping up to 2 years. Interesting!
"Its name (Hambledon Two Years) derives from the supposition that it may
be preserved with care for a couple of years. A large noble apple. It is
richly flavored, but rather deficient in juice. Self-fertile." Here is
some more info I found at the Keepers Nursery website:
Hambledon Deux Ans
Arose in about 1750 in Hambledon, Hampshire. Popular in 19th Century
when it was said that every Hampshire garden had a 'Deusans' tree .
Commercially grown in Kent. May still be found in old gardens in
Hampshire and Sussex.
A large apple. Round-conical to conical shape, a few fruits almost
oblong. Often irregular and sometimes lopsided. Some fruit fairly
distinctly ribbed. Dull deep green background skin colour becoming
golden yellow. May be up to three-quarters flushed brownish red,
brightening to orange red on ripening. Some broad, broken, stripes.
Creamy white flesh, tinged yellow. Firm and rather dry. Primarily a
culinary apple, keeps its shape when cooked or makes a stiff puree.
Sweet, quite rich taste when used early.
A very vigorous spreading tree. Good cropper. Prone to bitter pit. Very
Fruit size Large
Picking time Early/Mid Oct
Season of use Oct-Mar
Tree vigour Vigorous
Tree habit Spreading
Fruit bearing Spur-bearer
Special features Attractive Blossom
Does anyone grow this apple?
-Mark Lee, Seattle zone 8a
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