[NAFEX] Oregon Pink Fleshed Apple?

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Mon Apr 28 12:14:04 EDT 2003

It isn't Pink Pearl - that variety isn't red on the outside most of the
time.  The person who would probably know is Ram Fishman  He has done more
work on red flesh apples than anyone.
Contact him at:
Greenmantle Nursery, Ram and Marissa Fishman, 3010 Ettersburg Road, 
Garberville, CA   95440.  (707) 986-7504.  Catalog $3.
-Lon Rombough

From: "William A. Grimes" <wagrimes at sonic.net>
Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 09:06:41 -0700
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [NAFEX] Oregon Pink Fleshed Apple?

The CRFG received the following email from a man in Hillsboro, Oregon asking
for help in identifying an apple:

Can you help me? I need help identifying an apple tree. About a year ago my
Mom's friend gave us some apples from their tree. They were red on the
outside, and tasted very much like a Red Gravenstein apple on the inside.
The only difference with this apple was that the meat of the apple was a
very deep pink. Even when made into applesauce it came out with a deep pink
color. The tree was planted about 100 years ago. By the Parents of my Mom's
friend. They have know idea what kind of apple tree it was that their
parents had planted.
Just for the heck of it during the last week of February 2003, I decided to
graft a few small branches onto my Mom's Granny Smith Tree and I grafted one
small branch onto my Gravenstein (just for the fun of it) All grafts have
In the mean time I thought I would try and track down what type of tree it
is. Any ideas?

I told him that my guess would be Pink Pearl but that this apple was not
introduced by Albert Etter until 1944 (per the Seed Savers Fruit, Berry and
Nut Inventory, Third Edition).  Perhaps the 100 years is a red herring (no
pun intended). Can anyone else think of other possibilities?

Bill Grimes
Golden Gate Chapter, CRFG
golden_gate at crfg.org

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