Also known as: Flat Head Fallawater
This is a local apple that originated in northwest North Carolina. Our teacher and mentor, Lee Calhoun, writes in Old Southern Apples that he had heard of this apple for a long time but had never seen one until Danny Harvey from right here in Ashe County sent him three nice apples years ago. Danny Harvey, by the way, is a good friend of ours and a fellow vendor at the Ashe County Farmers’ Market.
The apple somewhat resembles the original Fallawater but has a taste and texture quite distinct from the Pennsylvania classic. You can still find Flat Fallawater in Ashe and adjoining counties here in NW North Carolina.
Fruit is medium to large, roundish-conical, flattened on the top and occasionally lopsided. The smooth, tough and waxy skin is light green in color, sometimes with a brownish-red blush on the sunny side. The greenish flesh is very crisp, tender and juicy with a pleasant sweet flavor. Ripens late September and is a good keeper.