[NAFEX] Golden Russet apple

Ed Fackler ed.fackler at gmail.com
Tue Oct 13 10:44:44 EDT 2009


Andy:

     I'd suspect that the "good" one is the true Golden Russet.  And the
other Golden Russet sounds like the one I had...or just okay, not great,
matured later (mid Oct.) with a very weeping or willowy growth habit.

ed

On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 10:21 AM, Whipple, Andy <ANWHIPPLE at tayloru.edu>wrote:

>  Brian and Ed,
>
>
>
> I have two different Golden Russets in my little orchard.  One is a
> small-medium,  fairly round fruit, that is one of our favorites  (east
> central Indiana, zone 5b, maybe an hour east and north from Brian).  It is
> ready in late September – early October at which time it is hard, crisp,
> quite sweet and juicy  yet with many other flavors so as to make it quite
> tasty.  It’s much more than simply sweet.  The other Golden Russet produces
> fruit that are medium in size and rather flattened in shape.  They are sweet
> and adequately juicy, but not nearly as full-flavored as the other Golden
> Russet.  That tree I’ve top worked to other varieties given its lesser
> quality of fruit.
>
>
>
> This year I had the most fireblight I’ve had in the orchard, but I don’t
> recall the good Golden Russet being infected.  With just one tree, though,
> that’s not much to go on
>
>
>
> So which of these is the True Golden Russet?  I don’t know, but perhaps Ed
> can comment.  We really do like the eating out of hand quality of the round
> Golden Russet, though  I can’t comment on its use in hard cider.
>
>
>
> Andy Whipple, just outside of Upland, Indiana
>
>
>
> *From:* nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:
> nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] *On Behalf Of *Ed Fackler
> *Sent:* Tuesday, October 13, 2009 9:58 AM
> *To:* North American Fruit Explorers
> *Subject:* Re: [NAFEX] Golden Russet apple
>
>
>
> Brian:
>
>      I was never that impressed with it's flavor even when fully mature.
> And it is hyper sensitive to fireblight.
>
> ed
>
> On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 9:54 AM, Raby, Brian <brian.raby at roche.com> wrote:
>
> Wanted to throw this out to the audience.  My friend and I are beginning
> our experiment with apples to test for our hard cider brew.  He had heard
> that Golden Russets were a good apple to use in the mix so last weekend he
> bought a bushel to press and test.
>
> I've got one at my desk right now and as I'm chomping into it, I'm not very
> impressed with the flavor or the juiciness (concerned about how much liquid
> we will get from the pressing).  Kind of reminds me of Honeycrisp with the
> snap that you get when you bite into it.
>
> Is this one of those apples that getting better as it sits?  I'd say the
> apple was picked a little premature because the exterior, except for the
> russeting, is more green than yellow.  But then, I don't know much about the
> apple.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Brian
> Zone 5a/b
> Sheridan, IN
>
>
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