[NAFEX] russet apple varieties

Eddie Earles jas39a at earthlink.net
Thu Dec 11 19:36:49 EST 2008

Hudson's Golden Gem has excellent eating qualities, and makes a large apple.
Unfortunately, it is also susceptible to every apple disease that comes down
the pike, and it doesn't yield very well (I typically get 6 to 10 apples per
year off my tree).  I don't recommend it for planting east of the Rockies.

Eddie Earles

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ginda Fisher" <list at ginda.us>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2008 6:10 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] russet apple varieties

> On Dec 11, 2008, at 9:09 AM, Alan Haigh wrote:
> > It's gotten a bit slow here so it seems a good time to renew the
> > frequently brought up subject of relative merits of apple
> > varieties- this time I'd like to focus on russets.  The reason for
> > this is that I'm relatively inexperienced growing russets and am
> > interested in other members experience.
> >
> I've had Golden Russet, Roxbury Russet, and Ashmeands' Kernal.
> Golden Russet is good, very sweet, otherwise not terribly exciting.
> Roxbury Russet was a little grainy and had a slightly off or strange
> flavor when I had it.  I'd heard glowing reports about it, but
> decided not to try to grow it after that.  Maybe I just had a bad
> one.  Ashmeads' Kernal is my family's favorite apple.  Very sweet,
> very tart, very crunchy, and with a nice apple flavor.  It's also
> small and ugly and sometimes lopsided, and I'm told it's a shy
> bearer.  Alas, I can't seem to ripen them here in eastern Mass.
> because the critters eat them as soon as they are edible, and well
> before they are really good.  (Plenty of time left in the season,
> just too much competition.)
> Ginda
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