Ramsdell Sweet

Sweet Tart

Ramsdell Sweet (Hurlbut, Ramsdell’s Red, Red Pumpkin Sweet) was discovered by Rev. Hezekiah S. Ramsdell (or Ramsdel) of West Thompson, Connecticut, around 1838. It is small, conical, and mostly wine red in color, and its soft firm flesh is mildly sweet. Early reviews of this apple were decidedly mixed. In his 1833 book, The New American Orchardist, William Kenrick of Newton, Massachusetts, wrote that Ramsdell Sweet was a “prodigious” bearer, and some “have set out whole orchards of this fruit for swine, so great is its productiveness.” Hedrick asserted that the trees did not produce large enough crops to be commercially successful.

Discovered: 1838 West Thompson, Connecticut

Parentage: Unknown

Harvest: None