[NAFEX] Pie Maker Apple
loneroc at mwt.net
Sun Jan 29 15:24:21 EST 2006
The last few entries are good examples of why determining the identity of essentially nameless apples can be difficult. None of the apples Lon mentioned are likely candidates to be 'Pie Maker' in a true zone 4 climate---none being particularly hardy. Anywhere in Iowa is worth trying zone 5 hardy trees as long as one is sheltered from drying winds, though.
Since the owners of the 'Pie Maker' are elderly, if you can identify the tree they can get a good head start by buying one. Not every apple grower makes it to ninety, though growing fruit trees seems to help with longevity. Gather all the information from the couple you can about the fruit (flavor,size, color, season, keeping ability, disease resistance) and tree characteristics (size and age, growth habit) and any history of the origin of the tree that they know. Armed with that data you can make an educated guess--or list members could make better guesses. Even if we're wrong, the couple will still get fruit before the new graft will bear. What's 25 bucks?
Steve Herje, Lone Rock, WI USDA zone 3-4
----- Original Message -----
From: Lon J. Rombough
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2006 9:53 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Pie Maker Apple
"Eve's Delight" and "Stark Jumbo" have variously been called "pie maker" apples. SJ is a sport of ED. Both are tip bearers, which makes them hard to manage. Those two are consistent winners of the "Biggest Apple" contest at the Home Orchard Society's Fall Fruit Show. On the other hand, the apple that most often wins the pie contest is Gravenstein with it's excellent flavor. Gravenstein can be quite large, as well, being a triploid apple.
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 Jan 29, 2006, at 7:38 AM, DocKW at aol.com wrote:
I believe that Gurney's had an apple naming contest some years ago and the Pie Maker was their winning entry...the apple being named (renamed) was the wolf river....
sorry , can't remember the details though....
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