Randall, Rogers No. 15
The qualities commending Agawam are large size and attractive
appearance of bunch and berry; rich, sweet aromatic flavor; vigor of
vine; and capacity for self-fertilization. For a grape having its
proportion of European parentage, the vine is vigorous, hardy and
productive. The chief defects in fruit are a thick and rough skin,
solid texture of pulp and foxy flavor. The vine is susceptible
to the mildews and in many localities does not yield well. Although
Agawam ripens soon after Concord, it can be kept much longer and even
improves in flavor after picking. The vines prefer heavy soils, doing
better on clay than on sand or gravel. This is one of the grapes grown
by E. S. Rogers, Salem, Massachusetts. It was introduced as No. 15 but
in 1861 was given the name it now bears.
Vine vigorous, hardy, productive. Canes thick, dark brown; nodes
enlarged, flattened; internodes short; tendrils intermittent,
bifid to trifid. Leaves thick; upper surface light green, dull,
smooth; lower surface pale green, pubescent, flocculent; lobes
lacking; terminus acute; petiolar sinus deep, narrow; lateral
sinus very shallow; teeth shallow, wide. Flowers on plan of six,
nearly self-fertile, open late; stamens upright.
Fruit mid-season, keeps until midwinter. Clusters medium to large,
short, broad, tapering, loose; pedicel short; brush very short,
pale green. Berries large, oval, dark purplish-red with thin
bloom, very persistent; skin thick, tough, adherent, astringent;
flesh pale green, translucent, tough, stringy, solid, foxy; good.
Seeds adherent, two to five, large, long, brown.