This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. Charles Downing kindly sends us a specimen of this apple. Mr. D. says: "The apple is of good size, showy, and the quality good, although a little wanting in juice. It will no doubt be valuable for the locality where it originated as a late keeper and for market." We agree with Mr. Downing. It is an improvement on Ben Davis, and that in itself is a great gain. Mr. Brew-ington, of Prince of Wales, Breckenridge Co., Ky., the raiser, gives the following account of its origin :
" Now, this is to certify that the Brewington Pippin is a seedling of the Joe Allen (New York Pippin - Ben Davis) apple, and produced its first fruit about the year 1871. I grew the tree, and it is now to be found in my orchard, about five miles east of Hardinsburgh, where I reside at this time. It blooms one week later than Ben Davis, and ripens from February to April; if kept in a warm place during early Winter will be in good eating condition by first of January. The tree is of vigorous growth, upright, and becoming spreading as it grows older. Fruit suffered some this season from bitter rot; about fifty apples in all for first time. I believe the late frost caused the rot by a freeze, and then the disease developed itself as the fruit matured. Have had grafts to grow eight feet in length in one season (first year's growth of grafts set by Aaron Norton, who is one of my neighbors), and bore fruit the second year after the grafts were set. You will notice that the bark of these scions are redder than the Ben Davis scions, and this apple is a darker red, more like the bark on the scions of Ben Davis, while the bark of the Brewington Pippin scions is colored more like the Ben Davis apple.
I think, on the whole, the Brewington Pippin a finer, showy tree and leaf than the Ben Davis tree, and the apple has more flavor and is a better keeper. I have about thirty young trees of this latter variety set out for a new orchard as late keepers.
" I subscribe myself, "James Brewington".