Vermont Wild Apples
Vermont Wild Apples
For the past 11 years i have spent a lot time each fall sampling wild apples on the side of the road here in Central Vermont. If you have been to Vermont in the fall you know we have 10's of thousands of seedlings apples along the roadsides and many abandoned orchards as well. Most hold no interest, some are very beautiful but have no taste or qualities you would want, every now and then I find a great wild one, no disease, great eating, beautiful form, super productive or great for cider. These listed below are the big winners.
Cabot Russet- The best one i have ever found - fully russeted, occasional knobs, aromatic-pear-like, crisp clean white flesh and no sign of any disease. The 50-100 year old tree has fabulous natural form. It is naturally a spreading, low-rounded tree. It has never been pruned, but the branching is well organized and amazingly orderly. It has big spurs, stout branches and bears every year. The grafted offspring follow the parent form strongly, a hard plant to grow into a whip, it just wants to be branched. Vigorous. A really nice plant. The tree is growing on the roadside in Cabot VT. I have found more interesting apples in Cabot than anywhere else in VT. She bears later in the season, the tree holds fruit until the end of November. Stores well for a month or 6 weeks in the root cellar, then shrivels without going to rot. The pic open to your left is Cabot Russet.
Cinnamon- The second best apple i ever found! This apple clearly tastes of cinnamon. I have never tasted anything similar. The tree is in Plainfield VT. This poor tree is too close to the edge of the dirt road and under the power line. As a result it has been hit by the plow trucks repeatedly, hacked back terribly by the power line crew, and generally abused. It is a vigorous grower, but seems to grow very upright. Early, it ripens after just yellow transparent, and has a similar texture, a little crisper. Second pic with seven apples and pen.
Berlin Green- This 50 year old plant is on my farm, almost. My 70 year old next door neighbor Ray moved onto this farm with his family when he was 10, his parents sold him a 5 acres corner of the farm. This tree grows in the remnant hedgerow of the old road on Rays side of our line. It is much like Granny Smith and Rhode Island Greening. Mid season, the whole tree drops in 2 weeks. A deer favorite, it's the first one with every drop eaten, not one on the ground remaining. I know because when i go to collect drops for cider making they are gone.
Lorrie Lane- This is another Cabot apple. It is big for an apple tree. It also appears to bear every year. Because of its location on the corner of two roads, it has a reasonable chance of being a grafted tree, but no sign of any graft scar. A great multi purpose apple. keeps for a month or two. Looks like it has not been pruned ever, big tall tree , but nice branching and form. A favorite of my kids. Pic of tree with red apples on it. Apple in last pic.
Not 2 Sweet- small tree with tasty small fruits, amazing long keeper. When i went to gather scion off the tree the winetr after i found it, the fallen apples under the snow were still fresh and tasty in March.
Toad Rd. -Found by a trusted friend in Southern Vermont, said to be the best one he ever found. He share my entry criteria of no disease, super productive, good looking tree,, , an eating apple, I never saw a fruit yet, but trust my friends judgement.
Groton- Beautiful red apple with very white flesh, medium crisp, sweet.
Groton Pink Flesh- Pink stripe though the flesh, medium sweet, medium crisp,
Yellow Red Dot- a very cool looking apple, yellow skin with bright red dots about 1/2" diameter, quite tasty. Pic of apple with red dots