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Westfield Seek-No-Further

Synonyms: Connecticut Seek-No-Farther (this is also a synonym for Yellow Bellflower), Marietta Seek-No-Further, Connecticut Seek-No-Further, Marietta Seek-No-Further, New England Seek-No-Farther, New England Red, Red Winter, Red Winter Pearmain, Red Seek-No-Farther, Russet Seek-No-Farther, Seek, Westfield. Also simply Seek-No-Farther which is used as a synonym for King of the Pippins, Mountain Boomer and Yorkshire Greening.

Identification: Medium size and round to round conic, faintly ribbed. Smooth skin is thick and the base colour is yellow or yellowish green with bright red flushes on the sun exposed face. Broken stripes of carmine. Distinct, large light coloured spots. Russeted lenticels. Ripe apples tend to be covered with a blueish bloom that is easily washed off. The stem is long and slender and set in a deep and narrow cavity. A patch of russet around the stem cavity radiates halfway onto the face of the apple.

Characteristics: The flesh is yellowish white, fine-grained, crisp and juicy. Somewhat tart, very aromatic and distinctly spicy. Look for honey, pear and citrus notes and a vanilla aftertaste.

Uses: A fresh eating apple. Also makes good apple sauce and juice. Provides sweet-tart element in cider making.

Origins: Originated in the Connecticut River Valley near Westfield, Massachusetts (U.S.A.), before 1750. First mention of the variety may have been in William Coxe's 1817 version of "A View of the Cultivation of Fruit Trees" with a listing under Seek No Further, simply stating that it is "a native of one of the Eastern states..." It was elaborately documented in A.J. Downing's 1845 edition of "The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America" with the comment "The Westfield Seek-no-further is the Seek-no-further of Connecticut and is an old and highly esteemed variety of that district." In 1846, the New York State Agricultural Society stated that "This truly excellent apple originated in Westfield, or its neighborhood, a beautiful meadow town, about ten miles west of Springfield, in the Connecticut valley in Massachusetts." It was widely available in the markets of New York City during the early 1900s and is both scions and rooted trees are still available from nurseries. There appears to be no record of its parentage.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, spreading tree. Prefers cool summers. Hangs well on the tree.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

12 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps up to three months.

Harvest: In the first half of the fourth period. Fruit hangs well at maturity.

Status: dessert

Pollination group: D

Pollination day: 12

Flowers: White


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