Nodhead originated in Hollis, New Hampshire. It is also called Jewett’s Red, Jewett’s Fine Red, and sometimes “Not-head”. We’ve never heard a satisfactory explanation for the name; perhaps it refers to the flat (truncate) stem end which is its “nod” head. Or it could be the long branches that “nod” in the breeze. It was the first variety John learned to identify 40 years ago when he moved to Palermo because at that time Nodhead trees were scattered all over town. Some years ago, Maine resident Ruth King shared this remembrance of Nodhead, “When I was a little girl (I’m 89 now) a Nodhead tree grew just outside our dining room. I expect it was quite frail as there were so few apples that the five of us kids squabbled as to who got the most!”
It is excellent eating right off the tree after a few frosty nights in October, and it remains crisp and tart well into winter. Chewy in the apple brownie - you know there’s apple in there. Like Blue Pearmain, its possible parent, it has a heavy, blue bloom.