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Early Red Bird

Early Red Bird is a medium-sized apple with red skin.

The flesh inside is white, with red veins on the side that gets the most sun.

It ripens very early, in June or July.

Cooking Tips

Good for eating fresh. Also is good for frying and makes a good, pink applesauce.

Storage Hints

Does not store particularly well.

History Notes

Early Red Bird was developed by Francis P. Sharp (1823 - 1903) of New Brunswick, Canada in 1880 (some sources say 1850, but that was actually the date when he established his commercial nursery called "Woodstock Nurseries" at the age of 27). The Early Red Bird was a hybrid between "Sharp's New Brunswick Apple" (which he had developed as well earlier) and "Fameuse". It's believed the "Sharp's New Brunswick Apple" was a seedling of Russian origin. Sharp also developed the "Moor's Arctic Plum".

Sharp exhibited the Early Red Bird apple in 1895 under the name of "Crimson Beauty". Stark Brothers Nursery in America bought the rights to the apple in the early 1900s and renamed it to Early Red Bird.

See also:

Sauce Apples

Alexander Apples; Almata Apples; Arkansas Black Apple; Arthur Turner Apples; Ashmead's Kernel; Astrachan Apples; Ballyfatten Apple; Ben Davis Apples; Blenheim Orange Apple; Braeburn Apple; Cameo Apples; Crawley Beauty Apples; Crimson Beauty Apples; Criterion Apple; Dakota Gold Apples; Early Harvest Apples; Early Red Bird; Elstar Apple; Fallawater Apples; Freedom Apples; Gloria Mundi Apples; Golden Delicious Apples; Golden Noble Apples; Golden Sweet Apples; Goodland Apples; Gravenstein Apples; Grenadier Apples; King's Acre Pippin Apples; Liberty Apples; Lodi Apple; Lubsk Queen Apples; Mantet Apples; Monarch Apples; Nittany Apples; Orin Apples; Parmer Apples; Paula Red Apple; Peasgood Nonsuch Apples; Pettingill Apples; Pink Lady Apple; Pink Pearl Apples; Rhode Island Greening Apples; Rusty Coat Apples; Sauce Apples; Sayaka Apples; Skinner's Seedling Apples; Spartan Apples; Sweet Sixteen Apples; Tydeman's Red Apples; Wagener Apple; Westfield Seek-No-Further Apple; Winesap Apples; Winter Red Flesh Apples; Wolf River Apples; Yellow Bellflower Apples; Yellow Transparent Apples; York Imperial Apple; Zestar Apples

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Oulton, Randal. "Early Red Bird." CooksInfo.com. Published 20 March 2004; revised 15 November 2007. Web. Accessed 03/20/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/early-red-bird>.

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