Roxbury Russet


Roxbury Russet is a heavily russeted apple, but what it lacks in looks it makes up in flavor. Its crisp and spicy sweet-tart flesh is as good for fresh-eating as it is for making a fine cider. Harvest begins in September, and as with most russeted apples, it keeps well in storage.

Discovered: 1635, Massachusetts

Parentage: Unknown

Harvest: Late Season


The oldest American heirloom apple, Roxbury Russet was first grown in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1635. Its other names include Belpre Russet, Boston Russet, Hewe’s Russet, Leather Coat, Marietta’s Russet, Putnam’s Russet, Sylan Russet, Shippen’s Russet, and Warner Russet.