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Hubbardston Nonsuch

Other names: American Blush, Hubbardston, Hubbardston's Nonesuch American Blush, American Nonpareil, Farmer’s Profit, Hubardston Nonsuch, Hubardston Pippin, Hubbardston, Hubbardston Nonesuch, Hubbardston Old Town Pippin, Hubbardston Pippin, Hubbardston’s Nonesuch, Hubbardstone Nonsuch, Hubbartson Nonesuch, John May, Old Town Pippin, Orleans, Red Winter Nonsuch, Van Vleet

Identification: Medium to large, Round flattened to round conic. The skin is smooth and glossy. The base colour is greenish yellow over which is a reddish brown blush which covers half to two thirds of the surface and marked with darker broken stripes. Light-coloured lenticels are scattered randomly across the surface The calyx is small, tight and slightly opened in a lightly ribbed basin. The stem is medium long and slender, set in a deep an narrow cavity which is often lightly russetted.

Characteristics: The flesh is yellowish, hard, crisp and fine-grained. Juicy, sprightly and sweet, nutty, becoming more flavourful in storage.

Uses: A wonderful fresh eating apple with nutty, toasty flavours. Also used in the making of cider. Excellent for apple pies.

Origins: Originated in Hubbardston, Massachusetts (U.S.A.) in the early 1800s and first documented in 1832. In its September 1845 issue, The Magazine of Horticulture rates it highly and reports that the Hubbardston Nonsuch is much in demand in Boston markets during the autumn months.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, upright. Precocious. Biennial. Fruit is prone to dropping before it is ripe. Suitable for Hardiness Zones 4 to 9.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

12 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps three months, but often becomes bland and mealy after two months.

Vulnerabilities: Susceptible to fire blight.

Harvest: Early in the fifth period.

Status: dual

Pollination group: D

Pollination day: 11

Hubbardston Nonsuch

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