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Synonyms: Benum, Brown, Claiborne, Nat Ewing, Yearry

Identification: Medium size tending to large, round tending to conic and often angular sides. Thin, green yellow skin over which is a orange red blush on the sun exposed face. Marked with small russetted lenticels set in green halos. The calyx is closed to partly open and set in a deep and wide, ribbed basin. The stem is very short and stout, set in a deep and wide, russetted cavity, often with a fleshy swelling to one side. Smooth and thin-skinned.

Characteristics: The flesh is yellowish, tender, fine grained and juicy. Sweet and nutty when fully ripened. Fruit is slow to turn brown once cut open.

Uses: A good fresh-eating apple, but it was frequently harvested slightly under-ripe for drying, canning and even freezing. Also used to make a flavourful apple sauce. Good apple rings.

Origins: Originated in either Kentucky or Tennessee (U.S.A.) in the late 1800s and extensively grown through the American south at one time.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Notes: This is not the same Benham as the one developed in Michigan (U.S.A.) around the same time. Please see Benham for details on that apple.

Cold storage: Does not keep well in a coolroom, but can be frozen.

Harvest: Over the span of several weeks starting at the end of the third period and the apples drop as soon as they are ripe.

Type(s): Canning, Eating, Sauce

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Associated apples:

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Type: Culinary

origins: Believed to have originated as an open-pollinated seedling of Baldwin . Raised by F.M. Benham of Petosky in Michigan.

Synonyms: This name also refers to a yellow skinned apple ( Benham ) originating in Virginia ...