Hudson Golden Gem is an unknown seedling discovered in a fencerow in Tangent, Oregon in 1931. It is a great fresh-eating, baking and cider apple.
It is a large, conical, and elongated fruit with dull yellow russet skin. Crisp, sugary flesh with nutty flavor, almost pear-like. Perhaps the finest eating russet with crisp, breaking, sugary flesh and distinct pear flavor.
The tree is vigorous, productive, and an annual bearer. Quite resistant to apple scab, powdery mildew and rather tolerant to fire blight. It will remain small regardless of rootstock. Hudson Golden Gem ripens in October in upstate New York, and fruit hangs late into the winter, ideal for wildlife planting. Stores well. Hardy to zone 3.