[NAFEX] red fleshed apples
jbunker at gwi.net
Mon Jan 7 21:29:51 EST 2008
The only specimen of Niedzwetzkyana I know of is at the Arnold Arboretum in
Boston. The fruit is not as large as Redfield. Redfield is quite large for
a crab: closer to 2 1/2". Neidzwetzkyana is closer to 2". Neither is solid
red. Nied is a sort of washed out pink. Redfield is dark pink from the
skin in about 2/3 of the way to the core, where it then fades to white.
Beautiful. Redfield makes an excellent pie. It is an excellent apple.
There is another red-fleshed variety at the Arnold labelled "Aporta", about
2" in diameter.
From time to time we sell a red-fleshed variety called Winekist that
originated in the orchard of Morris Towle in central Maine. Towle was an
apple collector in the 40's-70's and was friends of many familier NAFEX
names such as Fred Ashworth, Ira Glackens, and others. Winekist is about 2"
and solid electric red. Too tart for most dessert palates but good for
jelly, sauce, cider etc. Beautiful in bloom as well.
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