Spice Sweet Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Late Summer. Massachusetts, early 1800s.
One of the best of all pie apples. Well named. The orangey-colored cooked fruit is packed with spiced flavor! Rather low in acid, unusual for a pie apple. Most sweet apples are terrible in pies, but Spice Sweet is exceptional. Very good fresh eating as well.
Medium-size lumpy red fruit resembles Northern Spy. Laura Childs rediscovered it in 2011 in Belgrade, Maine, on the old Bickford Farm, with invaluable help from Dwayne Bickford. The Bickford grandparents always called it Old Spice. There are historical records of multiple apples with the name Spice Sweet or Spice Sweeting. This one is likely the Spice Sweeting described by Dr. John Warder in 1867.
Blooms midseason. Z4.
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