[nafex] liberty apple

Yorrba marillen at earthlink.net
Sat Sep 29 23:29:46 EDT 2001


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With all the interesting and disparate experiences with Liberty, I just had to put in my two cents worth.

I grew Liberty apples in North Georgia.  If picked red ripe (but not easily parting from the stem), they were 
awful- tasteless.  If left to ripen longer (when they separated with a half-twist or when the birds starting 
pecking holes in them) they were incredibly tasty- rich flavor and surprisingly sweet.  Growers in that part of 
the country cannot grow edible Macs or many of Mac offspring (Cortland sometimes was barely edible in the 
higher elevation Georgia orchards).  The Macs, Cortlands and Macouns I've eaten from New York and 
Canadian orchards were quite tasty.  I planted Liberty because I wanted to test its disease resistance- I had 
no real hopes for it as a good eating apple for the South.  Now it is one of my favorites when it is ripened 
properly.

An aside- the Ben Davis is another apple that is only at its best in certain areas.  It is famous for it's terrible 
quality as grown up North, but many of the old-timers in the South remember it fondly.  After I grew this apple 
for myself I reconsidered the composite description from the old Southern orchardists- essentially that it was 
the finest >>drying<< apple.  It OK to eat (as grown in the South), but I think its main value was the 
appearance of the dried slices- it doesn't brown even without a sulfur treatment.  As far as taste of the dried 
slices, I couldn't tell that it was better than most other good apples when dried.  Not an apple that I will plant 
again, but it deserves some measure of respect.

Yorrba
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