[NAFEX] More New Apples
ginda at concentric.net
Mon Sep 16 20:52:37 EDT 2002
I read an article about new apples that discussed Pink Lady. I think
the patent holder is restricting it to a few large orchards that agree
to grow it to the patent owner's standards. They hope to maximize
profit by keeping it a specialty apple, and (maybe as important) making
sure that the ones that reach the market are of good quality. Anyway,
that's what the article said a few years ago - it might be different,
now. I thought it was pleasant but a little bland.
Someone dissed Liberty, and I want to speak in its defense. I love a
good, fresh Macintosh. When I lived in NJ, I couldn't get them. It was
too warm there for them, and they were soft before they got ripe. (And
the ones imported from farther north were old.) But a good substitute
was the Liberty. Liberty is a little on the small side, but if its
allowed to ripen properly, it has a good rich "mac" like flavor. It
seems to grow acceptably farther south than the Mac, although it also
does well in Massachusetts, where I've had good ones. It makes a fine
pie if you get it fresh and don't overcook it. It is very nice eaten
out of hand, and it keeps a little better than a Mac. (faint
praise. . .) I once had an overripe one, and while it had a terrible
mealy texture, the flavor was strong, interesting, and (to my palate)
quite good. I think it would have been a great addition to a cider. I
gather that Liberty's greatest flaw is that it has a narrow window for
picking between underripe (bland) and overripe.
The other moderately new apple I really like is Akane. It is small, but
otherwise attractive. It tastes remarkable like a Jonathan, and cooks
up like one, too.
I haven't grown either of these, so I can't comment on easy of
cultivation. But they are both tasty apples that I look for when I buy.
eastern MA, zone 6
On Monday, September 16, 2002, at 01:03 PM, Doreen Howard wrote:
> First, thanks to everyone who shared their experiences and opinions on
> varieties new to the market.
> Second, I've noticed Pink Lady or Cripps Pink Lady is being sold
> in grocery stores now. It's a good tasting apple with firm, crisp
> Does anyone know about it? Could it be a variety that has been renamed
> is it strictly commercial due to the chemicals needed to produce a
> Third, are there any columnar or pillar type apples on the market that
> actually produce decent fruit?
> You all have probably figured out that I'm writing an article on new
> varieties. I always value the collective wisdom of this group and, by
> picking your brains, I turn up the most interesting stuff. Thanks all!
> Doreen Howard
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