The Roxbury Russet

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I was out walking this morning and on my final leg of the journey, tired from 3.5 miles of rain-walking, I stopped to take a picture of the house/tavern from Oak Glen Road.  As I was framing the picture, the little tree in the foreground shivered in the wind.

“Hey, Jim,” it said.  “You planted me about 10 years ago.  I’m a Roxbury Russet, the oldest apple in America.”

They have a brown, scaly skin — much valued in the 17th and 18th century for storage, but the FLAVOR.  I’m going to plant 300 next year.  No one else grows them.

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