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Blossom of Apple 'Green Balsam', early May. An English culinary apple of uncertain origin. "According to Robert Hogg, writing at the end of the 19th century, 'Green Balsam' is a variety known only in the northern parts of the county of North Yorkshire, where it is very popular.  It was commonly known as the Farmer's Wife's apple, a testament no doubt to its culinary uses. 'Green Balsam' is a typical primitive small green cooking apple, acidic but not particularly juicy.  Its usage died out when other more productive cooking apples became available from other areas of the country." www.orangepippin.com