Gideon Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Late Summer. Unknown parentage. Peter Gideon introduction, Excelsior, Minnesota 1888. Peter Gideon is best known in the apple world as the originator of Wealthy, one of the most famous of all American apple varieties. Though much less well-known, Gideon has its own share of fans.
The large conic beautiful-bright-yellow rose-blushed summer apple was first introduced to John many years ago by Tom Roberts, who was then sharing Peacemeal Farm in Dixmont with the ancient tree. There, the Gideons “produced heavily on an almost completely ignored tree that was in decline through age, rotten wood, etc. It grows in the open on a sunny knoll in a field, and produced a majority of very good looking apples with no care whatsoever…a sweet juicy eating apple, and…wonderful for sauce.” Daryl Hunter of New Brunswick added, “One of the heritage varieties that I'd never part with is Gideon, with its delicate skin and its very juicy, pear-flavored flesh…”
Ripens a bit before Red Astrachan towards the end of August in central Maine. Use it up quickly because it does not keep. Seldom any scab. Z3.
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