[NAFEX] Best Apples Article
jmichaelnave at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 19 10:48:31 EDT 2007
As Tom mentioned, the window for eating some of these
apples at their peak can be very small. There are
certainly some apples on my list that I didn't like
the first time I tried them because I didn't get them
at their peak. But it's worth trying them again to try
to find that peak.
I had forgotten about Wickson. I haven't had one in at
least 10 years, but it really is excellent.
--- Scott Smith <scott at cs.jhu.edu> wrote:
> Michael, thanks for posting your list. I thought I
> would chime in on
> a couple apples I have found doing very well for me
> in Maryland.
> This is for the fresh eating category.
> Wickson - these small apples have a pronounced
> apricot/peach overtone
> in my climate, and also have a unique hard-but-juicy
> flesh. They are
> something like a plum in terms of the sweet/sour
> balance -- lots of
> both! Its one of those apples that you keep
> nibbling on the core to
> get every last bite from. My tree is susceptible to
> cedar apple rust
> but no other problems. The best taste I have found
> with very late
> harvest - I am picking them now.
> Kidd's Orange Red - this is a Cox child and a Gala
> parent. It has a
> more "grown up" taste than Gala with some darker
> aromatic overtones.
> It doesn't seem to mind the heat here.
> Roxbury Russet - these need to hang on the tree as
> late as possible.
> At that point they have a wonderful sweet/sour
> balance. The
> curculios seem to have a particular affection for
> this tree though.
> Canada Reinette - sweet/sour like the Roxbury but
> with more aromatics
> in the flavor. My tree got hit by fireblight pretty
> bad this spring
> though. Also water core was a problem.
> Mother - This apple is no good unless picked dead
> ripe and eaten
> fairly soon. So you can see why it it not a
> commercially popular
> apple. But it is a very good aromatic sweet apple
> if properly
> picked. Water core issues again here.
> Gala - A very easy to grow apple here. It is
> similar to Mother in
> taste but has a much bigger picking and storage
> window. I like the
> taste of Mother a bit more, but even for the home
> grower Gala is
> probably a better bet.
> I had many other apples which fruited this year but
> have not been as
> consistently good as these, or I didn't get enough
> fruits. Michael,
> from your list neither my White Winter Pearmain nor
> the Newtown
> Pippin had much flavor. I think the drought may not
> have been kind
> to them though. My trees are in the 4-5 year old
> range so are just
> now coming into bearing.
> Michael Nave wrote:
> > Very interesting. None of those would make my top
> > or even top 20, which shows two things-there are a
> > of good apples out there, and tastes are
> > My top 15 would be, in no particular order:
> > White Winter Pearmain
> > Roxbury Russet
> > Hudson's Golden Gem
> > Zabergau Reinette
> > Newtown Pippin
> > Knobbed Russet
> > Fameuse
> > Peasgood Nonesuch
> > Golden Russet
> > Belle De Boskoop
> > Cox's Orange Pippin
> > Pitmaston Pineapple
> > Rubinette
> > Swiss Gourmet
> > Ashmead's Kernel
> > Of course this list can change on a monthly,
> weekly or
> > even a daily basis....
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