[NAFEX] Applecrab rating
markl at nytec.com
Mon Aug 23 11:52:10 EDT 2004
Please describe, if you can, the unusual flavor that comes out in
Trailman crabapples after they hang for a long time on the tree.
-Mark Lee, Seattle
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Sent: Saturday, August 21, 2004 8:43 AM
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Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Applecrab rating
Trailman is great, Kevin, although I agree with you that Centennial is
One plus for Trailman is that it ripens after Centennial and seems to
maintain its crunch for a while longer. Like Centennial, it offers that
crispy texture not often found in earlier apples. Trailman also
develops a cool, somewhat unusual flavor overtones when left for a long
on the tree. It seems to be bland before achieving ripeness. However
Centennial is highly flavored while still somewhat immature.
I think that all the crapples you mention tend to be highly flavored
of sugar and acid) and so might be less suitable for those whose tastes
toward Wonder Bread (or its Mexican equivalent, Pan Bimbo).
My Trailman seems to be just as slow growing as Centennial is while
and is less fruitful at an early age to boot. My Centennial is on M7
has grown slowly. I forget what rootstock Trailman is on. My Northwind
receipt doesn't say, but Bud 118 would be a good guess. I suggest that
might do better on a standard rootstock. Or how about trying softwood
Steve Herje, Lone Rock, WI USDA Zone 3, where 18F at full bloom all
wiped out my apple crop this year, including the above. That's what I
for living on the valley bottom, instead of joining the commercial
on the ridgetops near here. Who, I might add, are two zones warmer.
exceptions to near total crop failure are Sweet 16, which is bearing a
crop, and Honeycrisp, who's looking OK. Honeycrisp, is there anything
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ed Forest" <edforest55 at hotmail.com>
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Sent: Saturday, August 21, 2004 9:06 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Applecrab rating
> I tasted Trailman Crab for the first time this year. According to my
> readings it was the only applecrab seeming to challenge Centennial for
> place as best tasting crab.
> Result: I would rate Trailman as almost as good as Chestnut and Kerr
> rate second to Centennial. Here is my one person rating of the
> crabs, in order from first to last place (this is only the first crop
> Trailman and I only tasted one apple and the Trailman tree was
> crowded and possibly a bit lacking in sun, nevertheless, I thought it
> be representative, only subsequent years will tell):
> Centennial 10
> Chestnut 9
> Kerr 9
> Trailman 8
> Whitney 6
> I'm very curious about Callaway which Lucky rates highly. Also, Canada
> many applecrabs that I have yet to try, but most are usually rated
> than Chestnut by others.
> Kevin B
> zone 4/5 Wisconsin
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