Blue Pearmain Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Fall-Winter. Thought to be from Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 1700s. One of New England’s most famous classic varieties. Incredibly beautiful medium to very large fruit is streaked and splashed with purplish-red, mottled with russet and covered with a distinct blue bloom. Fairly dry flesh, firm, dense and slightly crisp, sweet with a bit of a tart background flavor. Tasty eaten out of hand, although you might want to peel the thick skin. Our favorite for baked apples. It also makes excellent pies and tarts. The yellow applesauce cooks up in a couple minutes. Grown throughout much of Maine for well over 200 years, and still found here and there. Known by a number of synonyms including Blue Pear Maine, Maine Blue Pear, Blue Pearamay, Blue Pearamell, Blue Pomade and, one I heard recently, “Painbear Bluemain!” Keeps in the root cellar until midwinter. Blooms midseason. Z4-6.
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