A few weeks ago, I noticed that a bird had bit into the third one. I picked that and found it to be not quite ripe. I ate it anyway. I was determined to let the last two ripen all the way.
So the question is: Is it or Is it Not? An Astrachan that is.
Had I believed my elderly neighbor, and trusted that we were speaking of the same tree, and that she had good information to begin with, I would have simply ordered an Astrachan sapling and planted it. But my faith wavered and instead, I took a graft from the tree and sent it to Big Horse Creek for grafting. That was in March 2009 and November 2009 they sent back two grafted saplings.
But, here is how I would describe this apple. "Fruit
Does it matter if I know what variety it is? Sort of. But most importantly, it is an apple that appeals to Tim and I. We both like hard apples, and we both agree that these have a good taste. Secondly, it is a child of the last of those old trees which made up the orchard that his grandparents and father picked from all those decades ago. Maybe in my apple eating this fall I will find a variety to compare it to, and thereby narrow it down. If not, we'll think of a name for it. Until then, it is simply "our apple".
Now, the next question: will the other tree produce the same apple? It did not bear fruit this year. I sent 3 or 4 scions taken from different parts of the tree. I don't know if these two trees came from the same scion. And I don't know if the original tree had a graft or not. So they could, conceivably, be entirely different apples. The mystery continues....