They have tough, greenish-yellow skin flushed with tones of dull dark red or rusty red.
Inside, they have firm, juicy, pale yellow flesh.
The flavour is tart at first, but improves in storage.
The fruit ripens in November.
Stores very well even when not refrigerated; up until April.
Mattamuskeet Apples probably originated near Lake Mattamuskeet in Hyde County on the coast of North Carolina.
The apple is known before 1888.
A legend is usually quoted about Mattamuskeet Indians finding the original seed in the gizzard of a wild goose that was being cleaned.
Hauser, Kevin. How to Plan and Plant an Instructional Orchard at Your Southern California School. Kuffel Creek Press, Riverside, California. 2008.