[NAFEX] russet apple varieties
scott at cs.jhu.edu
Thu Dec 11 20:03:46 EST 2008
Many of my favorite apples are russets, and I never met a russet I
didn't like. Here are ones that have fruited for me, roughly in order
of how interested I am in them now.
Swayzie - this apple is supposedly similar to Pomme Gris. I have not
gotten many fruits but the few have been excellent. Here are my notes
this year: more interesting than Roxbury. Not as dry and has a
pleasant flavor, a cross between a "nutty" (Egremont) and an
Pitmaston Pineapple - Taste is excellent, more flavor than Egremont
Russet. Needs to mellow off the tree for a bit. Has more sugars than
other russets. Roxbury Russet I would call similar, but PP is ahead
of RR - more sugars/sours and more flavor. Small size is the primary
Golden Nugget - Sweet rich and mellow. This is the earliest russet I
have, mid-August, which gives me a higher appreciation for it.
Egremont Russet - This apple is not as sour as most of the other
russets and has an interesting nutty taste. The flesh is a bit dry.
Roxbury Russet - it excels at the sweet/sour flavor. I have never
noticed any strange flavor in it, it is always a good apple and a very
good cropper as well.
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