[NAFEX] Applecrab rating

loneroc loneroc at mwt.net
Wed Aug 25 08:05:08 EDT 2004


Oops!  That should read I can't remember the Trailman taste.  I corrected
the error below.

Steve H.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "loneroc" <loneroc at mwt.net>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2004 5:21 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Applecrab rating


> Mark,
>
> Normally I'm not at a loss to describe flavour.  However in this case,  my
> Trailman bore a dozen or so fruits last year an none this year due to
frost.
> I'm afraid I can't remember exactly what the flavour was.
>
> I do remember sacrificing fruits starting when Centennial was starting to
> ripen and saying to myself that Trailman was nothing special.  I tasted
them
> until after Centennial had gone soft, and several weeks later, noticing a
> couple Trailmans still on the tree. I tasted one and remember being
greatly
> surprised by the improvement shown, as was the "tourist" tasting through
the
> yard with me.  The only thing I  filed away in the memory banks was, "Wow,
> that's sure a lot better, and kinda unusual, too".
>
> Sorry.  I'll make better mental notes next year.
>
> Steve Herje, Lone Rock, WI
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Mark Lee" <markl at nytec.com>
> To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Monday, August 23, 2004 10:52 AM
> Subject: RE: [NAFEX] Applecrab rating
>
>
> > Steve,
> > 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
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> > [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of loneroc
> > Sent: Saturday, August 21, 2004 8:43 AM
> > To: North American Fruit Explorers
> > Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Applecrab rating
> >
> > Trailman is great, Kevin, although I agree with you that Centennial is
> > tops.
> > 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
> > sometimes
> > develops a cool, somewhat unusual flavor overtones when left for a long
> > time
> > 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
> > (lots
> > of sugar and acid) and so might be less suitable for those whose tastes
> > tend
> > toward Wonder Bread (or its Mexican equivalent, Pan Bimbo).
> >
> > My Trailman seems to be just as slow growing as Centennial is while
> > young,
> > and is less fruitful at an early age to boot.  My Centennial is on M7
> > and
> > 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
> > both
> > might do better on a standard rootstock.  Or how about trying softwood
> > cuttings?
> >
> > Steve Herje,  Lone Rock, WI   USDA Zone 3, where 18F at full bloom all
> > but
> > wiped out my apple crop this year, including the above.  That's what I
> > get
> > for living on the valley bottom, instead of joining the commercial
> > orchards
> > on the ridgetops near here.  Who, I might add, are two zones warmer.
> > The
> > exceptions to near total crop failure are Sweet 16, which is bearing a
> > full
> > crop, and Honeycrisp, who's looking OK.  Honeycrisp, is there anything
> > it
> > can't do?
> >
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Ed Forest" <edforest55 at hotmail.com>
> > To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> > 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
> > first
> > > place as best tasting crab.
> > > Result: I would rate Trailman as almost as good as Chestnut and Kerr
> > which
> > I
> > > rate second to Centennial. Here is my one person rating of the
> > following
> > > crabs, in order from first to last place (this is only the first crop
> > of
> > > Trailman and I only tasted one apple and the Trailman tree was
> > somewhat
> > > crowded and possibly a bit lacking in sun, nevertheless, I thought it
> > might
> > > 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
> > has
> > > many applecrabs that I have yet to try, but most are usually rated
> > lower
> > > than Chestnut by others.
> > > Kevin B
> > > zone 4/5 Wisconsin
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
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