Of Southern origin; tree vigorous.
Originated about 1861 from seed obtained from Bangor, Maine, by the late Peter M. Gideon, Excelsior, Minnesota. This one variety is an enduring monument for its originator, who persevered in raising many thousands of apple and crab seedlings under the most discouraging circumstances. Tree vigorous, spreading, very productive. There are now many seedlings of Wealthy. (See Peter.)
Fruit above medium to large, roundish oblate, very regular; surface smooth, light yellow, almost wholly covered with bright crimson splashes and stripes, marbled, mottled, and mixed on sunny side, a beautiful fruit; dots many, distinct, minute, white; cavity deep, acute, regular, with slight stellate russet; stem medium; basin deep, smooth, regular, abrupt, sometimes finely wrinkled; calyx partially closed; segments erect convergent. Core small, barely clasping, closed; cells round, entire; tube funnel-shaped; stamens median or basal; seeds plump; flesh white, often stained with red, tender, very juicy, sprightly subacid, very good. October to February. Westfield Seek-no-further - Origin, Connecticut; the name is shortened to "Seeks" in the New York market; an old and highly esteemed variety in the northeastern States. Tree vigorous, spreading, productive.
Fruit above medium to large, roundish conical, nearly regular; surface greenish yellow, thinly shaded with pale dull red, obscurely striped with bright red, surface roughened by the dots and thin russet net-veinings, rarely almost covered with russet; dots distinct, few, very large, yellow russet; cavity regular, acute, slightly russeted; stem medium, slender; basin narrow, smooth, shallow, leather-cracked (a marked characteristic); calyx open or closed; segments erect convergent. Core closed, meeting; cells ovate; slit; tube conical; stamens basal; seeds many, short, rounded, very plump; flesh yellowish white, tender, fine-grained, rich, spicy, pleasant subacid, very good or best. October, February.
Originated in Rhea Co., Tennesse.
Fruit medium to large, roundish oblong; skin of medium thickness, tenacious; surface moderately smooth, some patches of russet, greenish yellow, washed dull red and indistinctly striped crimson; dots medium, conspicuous, light gray; cavity regular, medium size, deep, abrupt slope, russet markings; stem medium length, rather slender; basin large, regular, deep, abrupt slope, marked with russet; calyx large, open; segments small, reflected against basin. Core conical, medium size, closed; seeds numerous, medium size, plump, brown; flesh yellowish white, fine-grained, tender, juicy, flavor subacid, quality good. Season, winter. (R. L. Watts, Tenn. Exp. Sta. Bul., Vol. IX, No. 1. May, 1896.)