American Apples - West Virginia Sweet

A splendid apple, found by West Virginia farmer Bill Mullins, who writes as follows: "the tree was an old one, about to die, and it was at an old homestead in West Virginia. I have a bunch of trees grafted and growing".

Large, knobbly, beautiful apple. The flavour is extraordinary - similar texture / density to Laxton's Fortune, but the taste contains a strong hint of parma violets. Possibly related to Kidd's Orange. A most unusual, attractive fruit. At its peak in mid October; eat straight from the tree, or when it falls off. Good keeper for a midseason apple; stores in cellar until early Feb. I organised two tastings of a dozen or so rare apples in 2009 and this one was voted top in both.

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compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

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