Starr

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Also known as: Star in the East, Star, Early Greening

Historically, there has been some confusion between Starr and Star, both of which at one time were considered as separate apples. However, in his research for his excellent book, Calhoun states that they are probably one and the same apple. Starr originated in the late 1700’s as a seedling on the farm of John Starr of Woodburg, New Jersey. It was widely sold throughout the South and described in old nursery catalogs as “the largest early apple known, measuring 10 to 12 inches in circumference.” They were frequently picked unripe and sold as a cooking apple under the name of Early Greening. Fruit is large to very large, somewhat roundish, with pale greenish-yellow skin with a faint red blush. The yellow-tinged flesh is tender, crisp, very juicy and aromatic. Ripens late June to July and is a fair keeper for an early apple.

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