Astrachan: "A Fruit below to above medium, roundish to oblate, usually distinctly lobed; skin thin, smooth, pale yellow or greenish nearly covered with bright red, sometimes with indistinct crimson stripes, with a heavy bloom much like a plum; dots numerous, prominent, white; stem rather short in an acute and russeted cavity; calyx closed; basin shallow, often broadly lobed; flesh white often tinged red, rather coarse, crisp, moderately juicy, aromatic, acid to brisk subacid. Ripe June-July in most of the South, August in the mountains." Calhoun, Creighton L. Old Southern Apples. Blacksburg, Va: McDonald & Woodward Pub. Co., 1995. Print. Early Harvest: "Fruit medium or above, uniform in size and shape, nearly round to somewhat oblate, skin thin, smooth, clear pale yellow to straw yellow (also said to be flushed with brownish orange); dots few (some references say numerous), minute, white and green; stem medium length, slender or stout in a wide, russeted cavity; calyx usually closed; basin narrow (some references say wide), shallow,sometimes furrowed; flesh very white, tender, juicy, crisp, subacid or somewhat acid. Ripe June and July in most of the South." Calhoun, Creighton L. Old Southern Apples. Blacksburg, Va: McDonald & Woodward Pub. Co., 1995. Print.