Here’s an apple story guessing game. Can you name of the apple from stories described here? Some of these apples are widely known and some are lesser known.
Apple Story One
Did you know that Hurricane Camille brought forth an apple? Camille brought devastating rains and flooding to Nelson County, Virginia in 1969, and the orchards of Clyde and Frances “Ginger” Harvey were badly washed out. In recovering the few of the surviving trees around the edge of the Winesap orchard, an apple tree was found which Clyde Harvey recognized as being different. It was replanted with the rest, but was found to produce yellow rather than red fruit of the Winesap. The variety was eventually named after Clyde Harvey’s wife. It is one of the first yellow apples to ripen in the fall, and the quality and consistency of its bearing is very suitable for eating out of hand.
(Note: The answers are place below at the bottom of this blog post so that the reader can find it, but cannot see it immediately.)
Apple Story Two
Here’s another apple story. Can you guess the name of these apples?
Every apple has a story. Well in this case, this apple has two stories that have developed into a sort of apple fisticuffs, West Virginia vs. Idaho. Some say it was a chance seedling with heritage back to the very famous apple of 1890 Clay County, West Virginia that was originally named Mullin’s Yellow Seedling with parentage to the Golden Reinette and Grimes Golden. Idahoans say the apple was found in Idaho as a random open-pollinated seedling from around 1960 and is not a sport to that famous Clay County apple. Everyone seems to agree that it’s a good eatin’ apple with a flavor that is somewhat reminiscent of a peach.
Can you guess the name of this apple? Also, do you know the name of the famous Clay County apple that was first called Mullin’s Yellow Seedling? Hint: In 1914, the Mullins Yellow was renamed by Mr. Lloyd Stark. And this famous Stark apple has since become the ancestor of millions of such apples.
Apple Story Three
Here’s another apple story. Can you guess the name of this apple?
This apple was developed in 1898 by Professor S.A. Beach at Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva and named for a nearby county. An older American variety, it is a cross between the McIntosh and Ben Davis apple. It has long been one of the most commonly produced apples in New York, consistently ranking in the top ten in the state. This apple is known for its ability to thrive in cold weather and can be found growing in apple growing regions on the east coast as well as on the west coast.
Described as, “One of the more successful McIntosh offspring, with all the usual characteristics, including the sweet vinous flavor”.
Professor S.A. Beach wrote “The Apples of New York” first published in 1906 with color plates of apples throughout. It’s highly collectable and this book is a great reference with very detailed descriptions.
Apple Story Four
Here’s yet another apple story. Can you guess the name of this apple?
Here’s an old apple tale about a Scottish apple. It has a strange tale to tell. The story probably happened on a cold, damp night not much different than this one; but not here, and not recently. Let’s say a night like this one in Gowrie, Scotland sometime in the 1880s. An unfortunate ploughman was caught stealing apples from the estate landowner’s orchard. He was shot dead by the gamekeeper. His wife got the bag of pilfered apples and in her grief tossed them away. Well what happened is that one of the seedlings that emerged from these discarded apples was rescued by a farm worker and planted near the grave of a ploughman. And, as the story goes, from that replanted seedling grew a tree, which bore this variety of apples. It has a knobby skin and a crimson-red color, and the flesh is stained red as well.
Answer 1: Ginger Gold is the namesake of Ginger Harvey.
Answer 2a: Golden Supreme has the disputed origins.
Answer 2b: The famous stark apple of Clay County origin is the Golden Delicious. Some say of the Golden Supreme is a little firmer, has smoother skin and is more highly-flavored than Golden Delicious.
Answer 3: Cortland was named for Cortland County in New York
Answer 4: Bloody Ploughman Apple which turns out to be an apple common in the United Kingdom and not-so-common in America. But, it’s my favorite apple story.