Ramsdell Sweet

Sweet & Tart
Discovered 1838 West Thompson, Connecticut
Parentage Unknown

Ramsdell Sweet (Hurlbut, Ramsdell's Red, Red Pumpkin Sweet) was discovered by Rev. Hezekiah S. Ramsdell (or Ramsdel) of West Thompson, Connecticut, around 1838. It is small, conical, and mostly wine red in color, and its soft firm flesh is mildly sweet. Early reviews of this apple were decidedly mixed. Kenrick wrote that it was a “prodigious” bearer, and some “have set out whole orchards of this fruit for swine, so great is its productiveness.” Hedrick asserted that the trees did not produce large enough crops to be commercially successful.