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Pollination group:

Lyman's Pound Sweet

Synonyms: Pound Sweeting, Pumpkin Sweet, Pumpkin Sweeting, Rhode Island Sweet, Round Sweet, Vermont Sweet, Lyman's Pumpkin Sweet, Lyman's Large Yellow, Sweet Pumpkin, Yankee Apple.

Identification: Large to very large. Round conic with pronounced angular sides. Tough, orange yellow skin. Patches of russet and sometimes a brownish blush. Raised lenticels. The stem is short and stout, set in shallow, russetted cavity, often with a fleshy protuberance. The calyx is large and usually open, set in a shallow, wide basin which is usually ribbed.

Characteristics: The flesh is cream-coloured, firm, crisp. Juicy and sweet with very little acidity and mild flavour.

Uses: At one time, this apple was used primarily for feeding livestock. Later, toward the end of the 1800s and into the 1900s, it was commercially used for making apple butter. Well suited to baking and drying.

Origins: Originated in early 1800s in the orchards of S. Lyman of Manchester, Connecticut (U.S.A.). Described by Dr. John Ashton Warder in "American Pomology: Apples" published 1867 and by Andrew Jackson Downing in the 1860 version of "The Fruit and Fruit Trees of America."

Cultivation: Vigorous, large, upright spreading tree with drooping branches. Tip bearer. Biennial. Windfalls can be a problem when planted in areas of heavy winds.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Notes: The common name for this apple, Pound Sweet, can refer to several varieties of large apples and in order to prevent confusion, the name Lyman's Pound Sweet is used here to set it apart from others of the same name.

8 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps two months in cold storage.

Vulnerabilities: Prone to fire blight and canker

Harvest: The last half of the third period and into the fourth with apple ripening irregularly through this period.

Status: dual

Pollination group: E

Pollination day: 16

Flowers: White

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