About a dozen years ago, my husband bought and planted some “historic trees” from a company which propagates seedlings from trees that are known to have been associated with (or planted by) some well-known person from U.S. history. These trees arrived as small seedlings, and are now taller than our home.
One of the trees planted was a Rambo apple tree propaged from one which had been originally planted by “Johnny Appleseed” (John Chapman of Leominster). For many years this tree just grew steadily, but produced no blossoms or fruit. In the past few years, though, we’ve been getting blossoms and a few apples.
The fruit of the Rambo starts out growing green, but as they mature, they turn into a mottled assortment of greens, browns, reds & yellows. Here are some pictures of an apple my family and I shared last night:
It is a firm apple with a mildly tart taste (less tart than Granny Smith). Quite delicious.
As an interesting aside, according to author David Morrell who wrote the novel “First Blood” (which inspired the film of the same name), the character John Rambo gets his name from the apple. (You knew I had to get a Stallone reference in there somehow!)