Benton Red probably originated in Delaware County, PA or Benton, Maine, before 1800.
John first chanced upon about a dozen trees of this variety 30 years ago. He found them in an old farm orchard behind the Fitzpatrick Dairy buildings in Benton, overlooking the Kennebec River. For a long time he referred to it as “Fitzpatrick” or simply “Benton Red”, and he never saw the apple anywhere else. One friend identified it as Stark, but that proved to be incorrect. Recently, he was able to piece the puzzle together: it appears to be the old Delaware County, PA, apple Pennock. Pennock was grown locally in Maine as none other than “Benton Red”! Good for everything - eating, cooking, drying, cider and storage.