Pumpkin Sweet (Pound Sweet)


Pumpkin Sweet, also known as Pound Sweet, is a large, squarish, ribbed yellow to green apple with a golden brown blush on the sunny side. Patches of russeting at the top are common. The surface is covered with many raised lenticels, natural spotting on the peel that allows respiration. Its firm. cream-colored flesh offers a crisp sweetness apple but mild flavor. Although it is not a fresh-eating favorite, Pumpkin Sweet excels in the culinary department, especially for baking and preserving. In combination with other fruits, like quince, it makes a superb apple butter. It is ready for picking in late September to early October.

Discovered: 1830s, Connecticut

Parentage: Unknown

Harvest: Late Season


Pumpkin Sweet owes its beginnings in the early 1800s to S. Lyman of Manchester, Connecticut, but it has tended to be more popular in the South. The origin of this heirloom is unknown.