Thompson Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Summer. Seed from Barre, Mass., unknown parentage. Mercer, Somerset County, Maine, 1816.
Early season eating and cooking apple, ripens in August. Round-conic shape reminiscent of Red Delicious, solid red overspread with stripes of darker red. Glistening crystaline firm white flesh with a pink hue just below the skin. Sweet flavor has hints of plum and pear. Does not keep.
Great confusion and passion surrounds this apple that was introduced by John Thompson, one of Mercer’s earliest settlers. Some claim that the fruit is synonymous with the Massachusetts apple, Williams. (They are quite similar.) Others claim it’s synonymous with John Thompson’s other introduction, Somerset of Maine. (Not!)
At least two Thompson trees that we know of are still standing in Mercer, an exceedingly old one on Bacon Road and another more recently grafted at Francis Fenton’s Sandy River Orchard. Rare. Z4-6.
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