Washington Sweet Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Fall. Unknown parentage. Probably from Sidney, Maine, before 1850.
A true low-acid sweet apple suitable for baking and fermented cider. Large round-conic fruit, sometimes with a serious red blush and always mostly covered with russet. Its peculiar taste is just what the cidermaker ordered. Would be classified as a mild bittersweet. (SG 1.058) Productive and reliable.
Introduced to John Bunker by Earland Goodhue (1915-2009). Earland was a Sidney, Maine, dairy farmer with a small orchard of more than a hundred varieties. He told John he never cared much for Washington Sweet but knew it was rare and didn’t want to let it go. We love it. Could be a synonym for another Sidney heirloom apple, Bailey Golden. Blooms midseason. Z4.
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