HISTORY OF JOHNSON COUNTY
In March, 1831. there were about fifteen heads of families in the county. The following is a list, given by Judge Harvey Harrison to Mr. Crissey in 1889: "There were at this time but about fifteen heads of families in the (Johnson) county and they were named as follow: Nicholas Houx, at Columbus; Pleasant Rice, southeast of Columbus; Richard Bradley, Uriel Murray, Richard Huntsman, father of John Huntsman, of Huntsman's favorite apple fame. Dr. Rankin. Robert King.
Why you should be excited:
Huntsman's Favorite is an apple from the American Midwest, known for good eating and productiveness.
It must have been exciting back in the day to plant an apple orchard from seed, having no idea whether any of your trees -- each bringing a new variety to the world -- would produce palatable apples.
Of course, it would be a slow-paced excitement, as it could take a decade or more before you'd eat your first apple from this new orchard.
After the wait, it'd be extra exciting when one or more varieties turned out to be of good quality.
That's what happened to John Hunstman of Missouri, who grew this apple, which didn't just prove to have good eating qualities; it also grew on a highly productive tree. A huge bonus, to be sure.
Never having gained fame beyond Missouri and Kansas, Huntsman's Favorite disappeared from widespread planting sometime before 1900.
Huntsman's Favorite Facts
Raised from seed in Fayette, Missouri, USA, about 1850.
Flavour, aroma, texture:
Expect aromatic qualities and subacid flavour from the juicy, yellow flesh of this apple.
A yellow apple that's large and roundish, occasionally with an orangish blush and/or some russet.
When they’re available:
Mid-season (usually in early October).
Quality for fresh eating:
Quality for cooking:
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).