This variety wins a spot in my unwritten list of especially marvelous apple names. It came my way courtesy of a generous reader.
Specifically, Seek-No-Further reached me via U.S. mail, carefully packed, eight scarred apples of small-medium size. Each has a ruddy red blush, streaky over green yellow, and an oblate shape that is ever-so-slightly ribbed. There is a dull brownish bloom, which is not terribly attractive (it washes off), and large light lenticels that are widely spaced.
My samples display many superficial defects, from fly speck to what I take to be sooty blotch, and even a few small holes that may be caused by insects. (Click here or on the photo for a warts-and-all close up.) There's a little russeting in the usual places--the stem well and some of the lenticels.
I brave these for you, gentle reader, and also because they are really no big deal.
The calyx is slightly open, and the apples are not entirely firm, perhaps because they have been traveling (from Michigan to New York to me) for what is likely more than a week. They have a very faint sweet aroma.
The flesh of Westfield Seek-No-Further is a light buttery yellow, firm but tender, and moderately fine-grained. Its taste is nicely balanced, honey paired with a sprightly acidity that is never harsh. Rich mellow flavors, including pear, are accented by lemon-like citric notes. The memory of vanilla haunts the aftertaste.
The general effect is that this fruit is kin somehow to the russet family, which has similar flavors and texture, though Seek-No-Further is less tart and lacks the suede waistcoat.
This variety originated about the Massachusetts town of Westfield more than 200 years ago (and was widely grown in New England and parts of the Midwest). Ironically, I do not know where they can be found around here today. Consequently I am especially grateful to have the chance to taste some.
I really like these apples, and recommend them. My benefactor may tell more in the comments; I'll just say, thank you.