Pomiferous

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Bethel

Identification: Large and round, somewhat conic and often irregular. The skin is smooth and thick with a yellow base colour over which is an extensive red blush and darker stripes. The lenticels are large, yellowish and plentiful. The stem is short and slender, set in a deep and wide, russetted cavity.

Characteristics: The flesh is yellow, often stained pink next to the skin, moderately tender, coarse-grained and slightly dry. Sprightly.

Uses: Fresh eating and excellent in pies.

Origins: Discovered as a wild seedling during the mid 1800s by Charles Blasburg of Bethel in Windsor County, Vermont (U.S.A.). First noted by Dr. T.H. Hoskins in the "Annual Reports of the Department of Agriculture: 1886." S.A. Beach states in his "The Apples of New York" (published 1903) "During the last twenty-five years it has become scattered throughout Northern New York, Northern New England and portions of Canada."

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, round and spreading tree. Starts to bear fruit quite young and continues to produce good crops annually. Hardy.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Notes: Often confused with and lumped together with the Stone apple.

16 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps for up to four months in cold storage.

Harvest: Ready for harvest in the first half of the fifth period. Tends to drop fruit when ripe or even slightly before. Bruises easily.

Type(s): Dessert, Pie


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