[NAFEX] what should I plant
alandhaigh at gmail.com
Fri Sep 17 14:18:28 EDT 2010
I think apple addicts are much less appreciative of Honeycrisp then the
general public because we eat so many apples that we thrive on flavor
distintions as much a texture distinctions and Honeycrisp is merely
"pleasant" on the former issue but clearly exceptional on the latter. I
still feel that even for a a's Honeycrisp is an essential apple in a
northern orchard, even if just to please friends and family. My wife
doesn't eat a ton of apples, but she raves about Honeycrisp so I tend a crop
for her and guests primarily- and I'm in Z6.
For northern growers especially but also others that want an extremely
tastey early I highly recommend Zestar.
Sure Cortlandt is fine off the tree, but a few weeks later- completely
worthless in my book so I would only grow it for cider. I agree that Macoun
is so good that even its short shelf life doesn't fatally damage its
As I've often stated, for me the most important apples are those that are
still wonderful in mid-winter into spring because they're the ones that get
eaten the most. I don't know what varieties fit this description that can
be grown in shorter seasons than mine but a lot of new varieties are bred to
store very well.
My favorite this year "discovery" is Suncrisp which should have plenty of
time to ripen further north if it can survive the winters. Its flavor
actually reminds me of Ashmead's Kernel based on just 2 apples from a very
young tree not favorably sited.
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