I like Envy, Opal, Ambrosia, Pacific Rose… but I also like Karmijn deS, Wh Winter Pearmain, Pomme Gris, and other older types.
I am perplexed about Gold Rush, though. I finally got hold of a couple at the farmer’s market from an organic grower in Watsonville (nearby). They looked beautiful! Yellow with pink blush. I was expecting great things, and kept trying to taste what everyone on this forum is tasting. It was not only fairly boring, flavor-wise, but the skin was very thick, and very hard to chew. It seemed to break off in sharp flakes and had a very unpleasant effect.
Could this be a local effect? The guy from the farm who sold them to me seemed to think I’d love them. Was it just a bad year? It would be weird if my opinion of this apple were THAT far off from everyone else’s, when I can usually relate at least to a degree, to what the apple aficionados are saying here…
He did mention that they didn’t have as many this year, due to late rains, and a heat wave in late spring/early summer. Could that be the culprit?