Also known as: Knobby Russet, Old Maid’s Winter, Winter Russet, Winter Apple
There’s only one way to adequately describe this apple – it’s just plain ugly! Often said to look more like a potato than an apple, Knobbed Russet originated in Sussex, England in 1819. It was preserved after WW II when the National Fruit Trials collections were first assembled in England. Described in Burford’s, Apples – A Catalog of International Varieties, as being green and yellow with occasional scarlet streaks on the sunny side. Its irregular, uneven surface is overlaid with rough gray and black russet and distinctive welts and knobs. The soft and sweet creamy flesh is fine-grained with a sweet flavor. Ripens in October.