Baldwin: "Fruit above medium to large, roundish conical, symmetrical; skin tough, yellow nearly covered with red and striped with crimson; dots minute, gray or russet, more numerous near the basin; stem usually three-fourths of an inch long in an acute, rather deep, often russeted cavity; calyx usually closed; basin rather narrow, often furrowed; flesh yellowish white, firm, moderately coarse, crisp, rather tender; juicy, subacid. Ripe September in warmer areas, November in the mountains. Keeps until March or April when mountain grown." Calhoun, Creighton L. Old Southern Apples. Blacksburg, Va: McDonald & Woodward Pub. Co., 1995. Print. Grimes Golden: "Fruit medium or larger, usually roundish or slightly oblong (Downing says oblate), often flattened on the ends, sides often unequal; skin yellow, tough, rather rough with russet patches; dots moderate in number, small or medium size, russet; stem short in a broad, deep, often russeted cavity; calyx closed or open; basin very abrupt, deep, sometimes furrowed; flesh yellow or slightly orange, firm, tender, crisp, juicy, aromatic, sprightly subacid. Ripe September to October at lower elevations, later in the mountains." Calhoun, Creighton L. Old Southern Apples. Blacksburg, Va: McDonald & Woodward Pub. Co., 1995. Print. Northern Spy: "Fruit medium to large but variable in size and form, usually roundish but sometimes oblong or oblate; skin smooth, clear, pale yellow or greenish, sometimes faintly blushed; dots usually whitish and submerged; stem medium to short in an acute, often lipped, often russeted cavity; basin usually abrupt, moderately deep, furrowed; flesh tinged yellow, medium in texture and crispness, juicy, mild subacid. Ripe January—April." Calhoun, Creighton L. Old Southern Apples. Blacksburg, Va: McDonald & Woodward Pub. Co., 1995. Print.