[NAFEX] apple review 2011
murphman108 at msn.com
Mon Oct 31 21:34:58 EDT 2011
Not going to bore you to death with the results of all 20 varieties.
TWO of them have done really well, so I'll share my experience.
Rhode Island Greening
If you're trying to impress someone with a 'special apple', this is not your fruit.
I've mentioned it here for other reasons, some more important than just being unique.
Mine was accidentally shipped to me in an order of Twenty Ounce Pippins from Miller's.
1. The tree growth is excellent. Fast, strong, good angles, gets big & strong fast.
2. The productivity is excellent. Even in an OFF year, it yields a crop worth picking.
3. The fruits are large, solid, and ripen in late September in zone 4.
4. The taste is very 'appley', having also a good balance of sugar and acid.
5. Last, and surely not least; I noticed a lot of attacks by AMF, but they failed to thrive!
No more than any other apple, but no Railroad Tracks / maggots.
6. PS They have kept really well in the garage for a month now.
The lower branches became too heavy with fruit, on the ground, so I had to cut them off. This apple is adequate for fresh eating, and is unparalleled in the kitchen. Lots of productive good fruit per square foot of orchard!
I first bought these trees as a novelty item for roadside sales. The fruit is innocent looking from the outside, but have striking pink flesh on the inside. After harvesting them for 3 years, I can tell you that they are a decent / good apple on their own merit, regardless of the fancy coloring. They taste zippy, with enough sugar to balance that off perfectly. Some even have a 'unique' candy aroma. They ripen in late September, and when they begin to fall off the tree, PICK THE ENTIRE LOT !! As with the RIG above, I noticed some oviposit sites, but no maggots! Everyone that tried a sample slice, loved this apple.
R A Murphy Jr
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