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20 Oz. Pippin Apple

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American heirloom from the 1700s New York. Felix had the Twenty Ounce listed in his catalogs during the1880s. This large apple gets its name from the size of it's fruit, with many exceeding 12 ounces. The bright yellow-green skin has red stripes. The delicious subacid flesh is creamy white, coarse, firm and very juicy. One of the most renowned baking heirlooms, it makes great juice and cider, good fresh or dried. The tree comes into bearing young, is vigorous and crops heavily nearly every year. Ripens in September at 4100'.

The grandmother tree grows at Bucks Ranch, Nevada County near Orleans Flat mining camp at 4100 feet on the San Juan Ridge overlooking the Middle Fork of the Yuba River. The Buck brothers homesteaded this property in the late 1870’s, in part to provide fruit for the thriving mining camp. Amigo’s odyssey with Felix Gillet began in 1970 when he stumbled on this abandoned homestead with more than 75 thriving ancient fruit and nut trees, planted by the Bucks’ from stock purchased from Felix Gillet, the “local” nursery guy, a days horse ride away in Nevada City. The only thing tending those trees in the 70s were the bears! We began harvesting the fruit and nuts, and discovered their amazing quality, and the trees were healthy despite annual onslaughts from the bears and heavy snows. Now cared for once again by the current owner, the trees get no irrigation, fertilization or pest management, just occasional pruning. And they still produce great crops, 140 years after they were planted!

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