Summer Rambo

Flavor: Mild tartness

Approximate Ripening: Mid-late August

Uses: Eating, saucing

Trivia: Thought to have come from Rambure, France, where it was first recorded way back in 1535.  Came to America as early as 1767.  Summer Rambo is a greenish-yellow apple, but it has a red-shaded sister called Red Sumbo.  As to whether the Rambo apple served as the inspiration for one of American’s most popular action heroes … well, they’re both big.

Notes: There is beauty in asymmetry, a truth perfectly encapsulated in Summer Rambo’s squat, leaning form.  The kiss of red on the delicate green skin makes this misshapen but delicious apple an eye-catcher.