They have pale yellow skin covered with red stripes.
Inside, the apple has crisp, tender, juicy flesh. Some detect melon in the taste.
The tree starts bearing when young. It bears heavily, and will need thinning.
The fruit ripens mid-October.
Melon Apples were found in an orchard belonging to a Heman Chapin in East Bloomfield, Ontario County, New York. The orchard had been planted in 1800 with seedling trees from Connecticut.
The apple was introduced commercially in 1845, and was grown commercially in Western New York in the early 1900s.