APPLE TREES. Dessert.P-R
Another cross of Northern Spy, but in this case with Duchess, classed as a fairly hardy apple, the fruit is good for eating direct from the tree or in cooking, medium to large in size, whilst the skin is a green to yellow colour it is mottled with red/orange and striped carmine, whilst the whitish flesh, although coarse and firm is very juicy.
Malus POMME GRIS ( Leathercoat or French Russet).
This is an apple with an obscure past, as it was thought to have been originally grown in Europe around the 1600s as Reinette Grise and taken to the St Lawrence valley by a migrant from France and grew it as Pomme Gris., Confusion deepens further between this apple and Swayzie Russet or Swayzie Pomme Gris which are distinct varieties. A yellow green skin covered with brown russet, the flesh although sweetly tart has a pear like richness and nutty.
Malus PRIMATE. ( Nothing to do with Apes)
Not grown by many but highly regarded by those that do, as it is fairly winter hardy, ripening in August. Introduced by Calvin D. Bingham in 1840, this vigorous productive tree yields fruit that are green skinned but lightly blushed or white, having a tender yet fine textured flesh that tastes sweet tart but juicy.
Malus PRINCESS LOUISE.
This apple has quite a history as it was originated from a seeding of Snow at Maplehurst near Grimsby, Ontario, and was exhibited by L. Woolverton at the Ontario Fruit Growers Association Hamilton, and was named Princess Louise, (Her Royal Highness was wife of the Governor-General, His Excellency the Marquis of Lorne). The fruit produced has a green-yellow skin, with a red or pinkish blush, the flesh takes after it’s parent Snow as it is pure white, pleasantly mild and juicy crisp. Princess Louise Caroline Alberta ( to give her full name) had the Canadian Province of Alberta named after her, as well as Lake Louise Alberta.
Malus RIBSTON PIPPIN.
Discovered at Ribstonnear Knaresboruogh, Yorkshire in England around the early 1700s, and thought to be a French seed, has played parent to many English varieties which includes Cox’s Orange.Te yellow green skin is striped a brownorange to red, the red becoming prominent as it ripens, with a pale yellow and rich, and full of cvitamin C.
Another tip for trying to find the apple tree you would like in your garden, is to visit your local super market or fruit shop, and purchase one of each, try them for taste, when you are at home, if there is not the one you want, try other varieties for taste. ( I knew I could get you to eat healthy) and having eventually found the one you like, call at your grower/ horticulturalist, see if they have this variety or one that is very similar. Have a crunch and enjoy the fruits of life.