Windham Russet Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Late Fall. Parentage unknown. Massachusetts before 1870.
Excellent dessert apple for the connoisseur. The darkish brown russet skin has a distinctly bumpy rough texture, unlike any other russet we know. The stem area is sometimes lipped like Pewaukee.
We brought it to the Franklin County CiderDays apple tasting in November 2013 and it won, beating out some really great apples.
First brought to the attention of the Maine Pomological Society by DJ Briggs in 1885. ZA Gilbert, longtime president of the society, struggled to identify the apple. His best guess was Windham Russet. He wrote, “I have spent much time in search of a pointer to the identification of this variety. So choice a russet is worthy of attention.” We agree. Said to be from Massachusetts although there is no Windham down there. Maybe it’s the Windham in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont or Maine. Take your pick.
This apple is making a big comeback. Blooms midseason. Z4.
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