[NAFEX] Ed Fackler's best apples

Naomi Counides naomi at oznayim.us
Tue May 26 15:31:34 EDT 2009


Here in Idaho my Keepsake bears it's heart out.  I prune to keep it small so
I can pick without a ladder but I got 6 bushels last year.  That was an
outstanding year but it is a highly reliable tree for at least 4 bushels a
year and very crisp and tasty IMO.

Has been in the ground here for 18 years.

Naomi
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Subject: [NAFEX] Ed Fackler's best apples

      1. Sweet 16  --  expensive bourbon with a shot of vanilla!  Much 
easier
to
grow up north.
      2. Spigold - Complex, intense and very juicy (difficult to grow 
because
of
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
mix
of Mutsu acids with Fuji sugars.
      6.  GoldRush - Battery acid off the tree---heavenly at Christmas and
keeps
through May if stored in plastic.
      7.  Braeburn - Murder to grow (sus. to every apple problem), but
possesses
enough complex acids to make it great.
      8.  Jonagold - For the new-to-the-game (of apple flavors), it is a 
very
pleasing mix of dead-ripe Jonathan and sugars of Golden.  Easy to eat.
      9.  Rubinette -  A sweeter, milder (and juicier) version of Suncrisp,
but
ripens some 2 weeks earlier.
      10.  Newtown - (Not to eat prior to Jan. 1)  At this time, it is 
simply
great, many subtle complexities.
      11. ArkCharm - Great for about 17.5 mins. off the tree (no storage).
Rich
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
about 10
da. prior.
      14.  NovaSpy - Great complexity (which slight vanilla-bourbon) and
easier
to grow than most Spy sibs.
      15.  Sundowner - The highest flavored of the new "Austrailian" group
which
can only be grown near the equator (due to extremely late ripening)!
      16.  Honeycrisp - For those who equate flavor with its wonderful
texture.
      17.  Fuji - See descrip. of Honeycrisp.
      18.  Hudson's Gold Gem - When properly picked, it compares to really
great
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 
apples
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.
Hey,
Jill Vorbeck, lets have it!!!!

Ed
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