Mid Season Apples

  • Smokehouse


    Also known as: Gibbons Smokehouse, Mill Creek, Red Vandevere, English Vandevere, Mill Creek Vandevere, Red Vandevere A wonderful and very flavorful apple that originated in the 1830’s with William Gibbons of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The original tree grew up near the smokehouse of Mr. Gibbons …

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  • Rusty Coat

    Rusty Coat

    An old, well-known variety popular in the South. The true origins are difficult to trace as any old Southern apple with heavy russet on the outer skin was typically called “Rusty Coat.” This apple is probably identical to Keener Seedling. Small to medium in size …

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  • Roman Stem

    Also known as: French Pippin This fine American apple arose in Burlington, New Jersey, and was first described in 1817. The name is derived from the appearance of a prominent fleshy protuberance at the base of the stem which is said to resemble an aquiline …

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  • Ribston Pippin

    Also known as: Ribston, Reinette Grenade Anglaise, Travers Pippin, Essex Pippin, Beautiful Pippin, Formosa, Glory of York, Ribstone, Rockhill’s Russet, Travers A very high quality English dessert apple first discovered at Ribston Hall near Knaresborough, Yorkshire. It is believed to have originated from seeds brought …

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  • Reverend Morgan

    Reverend Morgan

    A local family heirloom of the Deep South, originating in Houston, Texas, an area not conducive to growing a wide variety of apples. The apple was first raised by Reverend Herman T. Morgan in 1965 from seeds of Granny Smith and produced its first fruit …

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  • Reasor Green

    Reasor Green

    There is a wonderful essay in the November 2002 edition of Smithsonian magazine describing Tim Hensley’s quest for Reasor Green, an old-timey apple once raised and sold by his great-great-grandfather, C.C. Davis, at his nursery in Lee County, Virginia in 1886. The tree was thought …

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  • Razor Russet

    Razor Russet

    A fine flavored apple discovered as a limb mutation of Golden Delicious in the Browning Orchard near Wallingford, KY, by the late W. Armstrong, former Extension Specialist with the University of Kentucky. Introduced in 1970. Fruit is large, symmetrical round to somewhat conical and uniformly …

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  • Rattle Core

    Rattle Core

    Also known as: Rattler, Rattle-Box(?), Hollow Core Pippin(?) This is an old mountain apple with the unusual trait of having loose seeds in a hollow central core that makes a distinct rattling sound when the fruit is shaken. Known as Rattle Core in North Carolina, …

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  • Ramsdell Sweet

    Also known as: Ramsdale’s Red Pumpkin Sweet, English Sweet, Hurlbut, Avery Sweet, Hurlbut Sweet, Ramsdell Ramsdell Sweet originated in Connecticut, and, although a fine, attractive fresh eating apple, was not widely sold by southern nurseries. It was introduced by Rev. H. S. Ramsdell of Thompson, …

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  • Rainbow


    A strikingly beautiful apple from Missouri sold by Stark Bros. Nursery around 1900. First listed by a Virginia nursery from 1898 to 1901. A large fruit with yellow skin colorfully striped with red. The yellow flesh is juicy and fine-grained. Ripens in August to September. …

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