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Medieval Fruit Varieties

Variety: Roxbury Russet (1649)

Available from:
Trees of Antiquity
Cummins Nursery
Vintage Virginia Apples

Originated in the early 1600s in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Fruits have firm, somewhat coarse, fairly tender flesh with a subacid flavour.

Belper Russet, Belpre Russet, Boston or Roxbury, Boston or Roxbury Russet, Boston Russet, English Russet, Hewe's Russet, Howe's Russet, Jusset, Manetta Russet, Mariett's Ruseet, Marietta Russet, Pitman's Russet, Pomme Russet, Putman, Putman Russet, Putman' Russet, Putman's Russet, Putnam Russet, Putnam Russet of Ohio, Reinette Rousse de Boston, Reinette von Roxbury, Renet Bostonskii, Rox, Rox Russet, Roxburg Russet, Roxbury, Roxbury Russeting, Ruginetta di Boston, Russet, Russete, Russeting, Schippen's Russet, Shippen's, Shippen's Russet, Shippeus Russet, Shippin's Russet, Sylvan Russet, Warner Russet, Warner's Russet

[Source: UK National Fruit Collection ]

Fruit: size medium to large, 65-75 mm; skin light green 5-60% dull orange blush, 10-40% brown russet, sometimes cracks; shape round-conic; flesh firm, light yellow; flavor slightly acid; eating quality fair to good; harvest season late October, 3 weeks after Delicious; long storage life. Tree: productive; fruits drop. Green and Russet . R.D. Way, 1992. Perhaps even better tasting than Golden Russet. Late winter dessert. Jan. to June. Additional LIT.CIT. 1992-93. H. Apple. Tsolum River Fruit Trees Catalogue. p. 28

[Source: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (09 December 2006) ]