Note that the skin of this small apple is smooth and shiny, not rough like the peel that can been seen peeking though the russet jacket of a normal Roxbury.
There's even a faint streaky blush. Unheard of.
|Pease Orchard in Templeton, Massachusetts|
Pease grows many fine varieties including two that were new to me (reviews forthcoming). They also had boxes of these so-called russets, tiny apples lacking any trace of the rough coppery stuff.
I am a sucker for whatever farmers tells me, and have faithfully (though unwittingly) passed along misinformation before.
However after a history of growers being confused about this variety it is no longer quite so easy to baffle my otherwise still-trusting self.
I bought one of these anyway to share with you, gentle reader, and to see what there was to see.
There is nothing Roxbury-like about this apple. The crisp interior is too juicy to be Roxbury, a light yellow green. It is not as dense or fine-grained as Roxbury by a long shot.
Its flavors do not suggest a russet variety at all: no citrus or pear or vanilla. Instead this is generically vinous with berries, a bit watery, with some bitter notes.
This apple, the not-Roxbury, does Pease no credit, but I will return to sample this orchard's great selection of other apples.
Apple lovers not from New England may appreciate Pease's offer to ship boxes of fruit.