Medium-sized fruit is wine red with patches and stripes of darker red and very small white dots. The very juicy coarse flesh is almost solid beet red. Very good—though extremely tart—flavor, makes a great addition to cider or sauce, as well as fresh eating for those who like it tart. We have not fermented it, though it would be worth testing.
For many years we assumed that the apple was the creation of the Winthrop, Maine, fruit explorer and collector, Morris Towle. Dan Bussey’s research has straightened that out. It must have come back east shortly after its introduction.
Leaves are tomentose (soft and woolly) and have a dark reddish cast. Blossoms are light pink. Tree is a natural semi-dwarf. Blooms midseason. Z3. Maine Grown. (Semi-dwarf: 2½-5' bare-root trees)
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