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Northern Spy

Postby Slava » Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:46 pm

This is a variety of apple. But I haven't found out why it is called "spy". No one at my local orchard company had a clue, and I couldn't come up with anything on the internet.

A tad recondite, I know, but perhaps someone can help me find the answer. :?:
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Re: Northern Spy

Postby Philip Hudson » Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:15 am

Since the northern spy apple is also called northern spie and northern pie, I suggest it may be a corruption of pie. They are pie apples.
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