Charette Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Fall. Also called The Donut Apple. Unknown parentage. May have originated in Fort Kent, Maine, although Aroostook fruit-explorer Garfield King speculated that it came down from Québec 200 years ago with French missionaries. The only known mature tree is a gigantic specimen on Charette Hill in Fort Kent.
Very large Wolf River-size oblate fruit, mostly covered with stripes and splashes of pink and bright red. Surprisingly good fresh eating for such a large apple.
Wonderful balance of flavors in a pie. Aromatic. Holds shape well and requires no lemon. Makes a light pink chunky sauce that’s tart and spicy but not sour. No need to peel or add sugar. Baked, Charette tastes like bananas flambé—you can spoon it out or eat it skin and all. Excellent sliced and lightly sautéed in butter although they lose shape if cooked too long. Also good for drying.
Ripens around the end of September. Keeps a few weeks. Extremely hardy. Z3.
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