This small to medium sized apple also known as American Mother originated in the mid 19th century in Worcester County, Massachusetts. The apple, prized as a good eating apple when fresh, but not a good keeper, found popularity during the 1920s and 1930s. It can be found in many old orchards dating back to those times, but has more recently also been grown by hobby growers.
The fruit has been described as having an almost "balsamatic aroma" or even a suggestion of vanilla. The Mother tree blooms late in the spring and is usually ripe by mid-September, although the they often require extensive thinning in order to bare fruit of significant size as well as to avoid biennial baring. The mother is also valued for it's resistance to both scab and mildew, which can plague many varieties.