St. Edmund’s Pippin

St. Edmund's RussetWe had such high hopes for this russeted apple.  Joan Morgan in her book “The New Book of Apples” describes it as “ambrosial, like pear flavoured vanilla ice cream”.  We found it like mashed potatoes with sand and cotton mixed in. 

This was disappointing, as the young tree bore three flawless apples that looked just like the ones in the photos I’ve seen, and the heat didn’t seem to burn them.  But at all stages of ripeness it was terrible, our September heat sapping any crispness of flavor out of it.  Since space is such a premium here it will be shipped up to higher altitudes this winter to live out its days in peace in Oak Glen.  Back to the drawing board.

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