[NAFEX] Golden Russet apple

Judson L. Frisk JLFRISK at IOWATELECOM.NET
Tue Oct 13 14:20:47 EDT 2009


I have 3 Golden Russet types in my orchard (SW Iowa zone 5)  I have an
English Golden Russet, American Golden Russet, and Ashmead's Kernal.  The
English Golden Russet seems to have less russetting than the other two
apples.  The American Golden Russet is a flatter apple.  The Ashmead's
Kernal is larger and has less russetting than the American.  They are all
tip bearers.  The American Golden Russet bears almost every year while the
Ashmead's Kernal took a long time to come into bearing and tends to be a shy
bearer (except this year).  My favorite use of the apples is for drying.
They make the most flavorful dried apples.  I do not have good luck keeping
them.  My orchard is organic (I don't have time to spray) and they do get
some insect pressure.  Chieftain and Paragon keep much better with their
slick skins.

Judson L. Frisk 

 

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Ed Fackler
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 9:45 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Golden Russet apple

 

Andy:

     I'd suspect that the "good" one is the true Golden Russet.  And the
other Golden Russet sounds like the one I had...or just okay, not great,
matured later (mid Oct.) with a very weeping or willowy growth habit.

ed

On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 10:21 AM, Whipple, Andy <ANWHIPPLE at tayloru.edu>
wrote:

Brian and Ed,

 

I have two different Golden Russets in my little orchard.  One is a
small-medium,  fairly round fruit, that is one of our favorites  (east
central Indiana, zone 5b, maybe an hour east and north from Brian).  It is
ready in late September - early October at which time it is hard, crisp,
quite sweet and juicy  yet with many other flavors so as to make it quite
tasty.  It's much more than simply sweet.  The other Golden Russet produces
fruit that are medium in size and rather flattened in shape.  They are sweet
and adequately juicy, but not nearly as full-flavored as the other Golden
Russet.  That tree I've top worked to other varieties given its lesser
quality of fruit.

 

This year I had the most fireblight I've had in the orchard, but I don't
recall the good Golden Russet being infected.  With just one tree, though,
that's not much to go on

 

So which of these is the True Golden Russet?  I don't know, but perhaps Ed
can comment.  We really do like the eating out of hand quality of the round
Golden Russet, though  I can't comment on its use in hard cider.

 

Andy Whipple, just outside of Upland, Indiana

 

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Ed Fackler
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 9:58 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Golden Russet apple

 

Brian:

     I was never that impressed with it's flavor even when fully mature.
And it is hyper sensitive to fireblight.

ed

On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 9:54 AM, Raby, Brian <brian.raby at roche.com> wrote:

Wanted to throw this out to the audience.  My friend and I are beginning our
experiment with apples to test for our hard cider brew.  He had heard that
Golden Russets were a good apple to use in the mix so last weekend he bought
a bushel to press and test.

I've got one at my desk right now and as I'm chomping into it, I'm not very
impressed with the flavor or the juiciness (concerned about how much liquid
we will get from the pressing).  Kind of reminds me of Honeycrisp with the
snap that you get when you bite into it.

Is this one of those apples that getting better as it sits?  I'd say the
apple was picked a little premature because the exterior, except for the
russeting, is more green than yellow.  But then, I don't know much about the
apple.

Thanks,

Brian
Zone 5a/b
Sheridan, IN


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