[NAFEX] Apple varities

jfrisk jfrisk at pionet.net
Thu Mar 10 19:04:37 EST 2005


Apple varieties do have soil and temperature differences.  Some varieties do
much better in my climate.  I can grow good tasting Golden Russet and
Ashmead Kernel but Roxbury Russet was a total failure.  Empire is a good
apple for us as is Chieftain.  Gala suffers from every bug and disease so I
seldom get a clean apple.  Jonagold can be a very good apple.  Last year,
Paragon an Arkansas Black type apple was my best apple.  It was great for
drying and not bad for fresh eating.

Judson L. Frisk, SW Iowa Zone 5.

 

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Stephen Sadler
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2005 2:08 PM
To: 'North American Fruit Explorers'
Subject: RE: [NAFEX] Apple varities

 

I'll add to the agreement about apple taste en terroir.  A local orchard
produces Empires that are amazing.  I've never tasted such good ones.  

The local orchards are up in the foothills in zones 7b-8b with cool to cold
winters and warm, dry summers.

 

Stephen Sadler, Ph.D.

USDA 9, AHS heat zone 8, 

Sacramento CA - Mediterranean climate

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Erdman, Jim
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2005 9:37 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: RE: [NAFEX] Apple varities

 

I'm going to add my 2 cents.  When I was a kid in the 1950s in central
Wisconsin, the only apples that I remember by name were Wolf River (big
enough to last all afternoon) and Duchess.  Later, in Southwestern
Wisconsin, I became familiar with Cortland (my mother's favorite) and many
others.

Now, in western Wisconsin, zone 4, I have a Melrose that I am still eating
and a Newtosh (from St Lawrence Nursery) that I really like.  I don't care
for McIntosh around here, but like Empire.  My Duchess is non-descript.  The
neighbors have a Wolf River--still big, but best for pies or applesauce or
butter.  My Gala did well but the deer and the neighbors Scottish Highland
cattle ate the tree--actually stood on their hind legs and pulled it apart.
I wonder if the bark and buds are as sweet as the fruit.

Most of the others on your list would probably not make it here, although I
didn't think that the Gala and the Melrose would either.  I had ordered them
in the winter before we moved  from a warmer part of the state, and I wasn't
going to just through them out when they arrive.  So far the Melrose has
made it through 15 winters.

I enjoy learning more about others preferences in fruit.

 

Jim, in Menomonie, WI 

 

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