Fameuse Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Early Fall. Unknown parentage. Canada, before 1700. Also called Snow. Excellent fresh eating, sauce and cider apple. The 1865 Department of Agriculture yearbook sums it up: “Flesh remarkably white, tender, juicy…deliciously pleasant, with a slight perfume… No orchard in the north can be counted as complete without this variety… It is just so good that everybody likes to eat of it; and when cooked, it is white, puffy, and delicious.” Famous in Maine for well over 150 years. Medium-small roundish ruby-red thin-skinned fruit. Keeps until late December. Thought to be a parent of McIntosh. Productive long-lived tree. As one of the few apples that comes relatively true-to-type from seed, occasional “variations on a Fameuse theme” can be found in old orchards. Susceptible to scab. Blooms mid-late. Z3-5.
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