[NAFEX] Tart Apples

Douglas Woodard dwoodard at becon.org
Sun Nov 4 01:25:46 EST 2007

As grown in Ontario I find it too sour for its not very interesting 
flavour in most years. In sunny years it can be pleasant, and well grown 
and well ripened samples can be reasonably good most years.

I have heard good things about its keeping qualities, and I have heard a 
commercial grower say that it is *too* easy to grow, to expect a good 
price. It seems to have lost a lot of consumer popularity in the last 
few years with the rise of Gala, Fuji, Braeburn, and many new apples.

Doug Woodard
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Anton Callaway wrote:
> I love this apple too.  As grown in NY it is a very good apple, reminiscent of it's Jonathan ancestry.
> However, don't try growing it in the Southeastern US.  It is quite susceptible to fireblight.  
> Anton
> Zone 8 
> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Alan Haigh <alandhaigh at gmail.com>
>> Sent: Oct 31, 2007 5:16 PM
>> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>> Subject: [NAFEX] Tart Apples
>> Alan Haigh, The Home Orchard Co., Carmel NY
>> In recent discussion of useful tart apple cultivars, one variety unmentioned
>> but deserving is Idared.  While it's not the dense fleshed and complex apple
>> that I most prefer, people who like the texture of a Cortlandt but something
>> tart should love this apple.  It's juicy and is considered an excellent
>> cooker, reasonably firm, stores well and most of all, unbelievably annually
>> productive wherever I've grown it, even when allowed to over-bare.
>> I think iIdared is probably  a regional variety and may not be suited for
>> climates much hotter than the Hudson Valley in NY.  I forgot to mention
>> that It's quite tastey and also a very attractive apple with some resistance
>> to sooty blotch and flyspeck.  I harvested some today (Oct. 31) that
>> recieved only 3 sprays and they were clean enough to sell in a grocery
>> store.  In this region late apples are seldom so clean out of this low-spray
>> program that provides no protection against summer fungus
>> .
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