Ben Davis Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Winter. Unknown parentage. Maine, about 1840. The most important commercial apple in Maine during the late 19th century. Many thousands of bushels were shipped around the world and a great many Mainers made their modest fortunes on this apple. There has been ongoing confusion around its origin. Now it seems the apple originated on the farm of Benjamin Davis of Minot, Maine, 160 years ago. If this is correct, it would be Maine’s most famous apple. An orchardist’s dream tree: annually bearing, easy to grow, perfectly shaped. Large roundish-conic unbelievably beautiful red striped and blushed fruit. It may be the most beautiful apple that ever was. If only beauty weren’t skin deep. The fruit is generally dry and tasteless. The flavor’s been compared to cork and cardboard. For the sake of science I did try one with salt this past winter. I’d call it a definite improvement, especially if you like salt. Keeps all winter. By March, the fruit is somewhat greasy. We offer it as a service to the Ben Davis die-hards of the world. Enjoy! Z4-7.
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