Don't you love that name! A real crotchety English apple name. A name for a Hobbit. It says, This apple has been around for a while and if ye don't like them apples then who asked ye?
Modern apples have names invented by marketing departments, like Gingergold and Zestar and Honeycrisp. Old apples have names that sound like a Morris dance tune or a craft beer. Hey ho, lad, get me some a that Auld Whistlin' Pete's Pegleg Stout Pearmain.
Hubbardston Nonesuch is an old apple named for the Massachusetts town (are those apples on the Town Seal?) where it was found in the early 19th century. I got this one at Gould Hill. It's on the large side, firm, classically shaped with some ribbing. The blush predominates and runs from orange-red to red over yellow-green. It is attractively freckled with light lenticels, and there is a little bit of russet.
The flesh is a creamy yellow-white, medium-grained and tender crisp. The flavor is almost nutty. It's mild and well balanced, with just a little acidity and hints of something complex and heftier, like chestnuts or peanuts or roasted grain.
For all of its size and firmness, H. Nonesuch has a lightness borne of its mildness, delicacy, and texture. The Nashoba Winery, which grows this apple, says other names are "American Blush, American Nonpareil, Farmer's Profit, Hubbardston's Pippin, Old Town Pippin, Orleans, Van Fleet, and John May." Whew! Also known simply as Hubbardston (or as Nonesuch).