Do you recognize this late August/Labor Day Zone 7 Md apple?
Ripe starting now and continuing for two weeks.
Solid dark red sometimes with deep burgundy color on top, white/tan dots prominent.
Slightly sweet, no noticeable tartness, firm, crisp, keeps form cooking, good keeper.
No blight, no rust, annual bearing
30 to 40 year old standard tree, never pruned.
Ruled out Gravenstein, Empire.
How about Paula Red? Anyone grow Paula Red?
Its Paula Red then. You answered your own question.
It doesn’t look like my Empire apple.
Definitely not Gravensteins.
Now thinking it may be Paula Red.
Is it oblate? In other words, round but with a flat top and bottom? Taste is rich with a dry tartness mixed with sweet? My neighbor has a tree that just produced ripe fruit fitting that description. I think his is a Paula Red.
Yes it is, thanks. pretty sure this is it. Apparently no longer very popular as am not finding Paula Red trees for sale online.
An orchard near here has Paula Reds. I’ll try to see tomorrow if they have any PR apples left. That’ll confirm for me.
Sorry, but I don’t think it’s Paula Red. Paula Red is very early ripening (early August). They are soft and tart.
I have no idea what yours are. Looks like Magnum Bonum, but would be surprised if so. That’s more of a rare Deep South heirloom.
Catoctin Mountain Orchard of Thurmont sells Paula Red in late July/ early August if you want to travel next year to compare. They recently sold out of their last. They’re not worth the trip. In my opinion, Sansa and Ginger Gold TOWER over Paula Red in quality for that window of the season.