[NAFEX] Ed Fackler's best apples
dwoodard at becon.org
Tue May 26 15:20:06 EDT 2009
1. Sweet 16 -- expensive bourbon with a shot of vanilla! Much
grow up north.
2. Spigold - Complex, intense and very juicy (difficult to grow
its Spy habits).
3. Suncrisp - Intense "cox" flavor with more sugars.
4. Freyberg - Banana-like with a touch of overripe raspberry.
5. Hokuto - While subject to season (requires much sun late), it is a
of Mutsu acids with Fuji sugars.
6. GoldRush - Battery acid off the tree---heavenly at Christmas and
through May if stored in plastic.
7. Braeburn - Murder to grow (sus. to every apple problem), but
enough complex acids to make it great.
8. Jonagold - For the new-to-the-game (of apple flavors), it is a
pleasing mix of dead-ripe Jonathan and sugars of Golden. Easy to eat.
9. Rubinette - A sweeter, milder (and juicier) version of Suncrisp,
ripens some 2 weeks earlier.
10. Newtown - (Not to eat prior to Jan. 1) At this time, it is
great, many subtle complexities.
11. ArkCharm - Great for about 17.5 mins. off the tree (no storage).
and easy to eat.
12. Orin - Wonderful in some (hot) seasons, bland in others. A mild
pineapple-like flavor in most years.
13. Shizuka - A sweeter and juicier version of Mutsu which ripens
14. NovaSpy - Great complexity (which slight vanilla-bourbon) and
to grow than most Spy sibs.
15. Sundowner - The highest flavored of the new "Austrailian" group
can only be grown near the equator (due to extremely late ripening)!
16. Honeycrisp - For those who equate flavor with its wonderful
17. Fuji - See descrip. of Honeycrisp.
18. Hudson's Gold Gem - When properly picked, it compares to really
european pear (Collette, Magness, etc.). Difficult to grow due to shy
production and fruit cracking.
19. Melrose - When starved for n., it is one of the finest tart
I've eaten, otherwise not much.
20. Keepsake - Very shy, but flavor is great on the one apple you get
every five years or so!
There you have it, or these are a few which come to mind.
Hope this helps. I'd be extremely interested in hearing of others.
Jill Vorbeck, lets have it!!!!
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