Debut crop of Rambour Franc reveals light stripes in the sun on quite green background. 12 and 13 Brix, plenty of acid and nice aromas (hard to pick those out yet.) Makes smooth sauce with a bit of bite and good taste. Seems to drop when nearly ripe; this may change as the tree matures. (MAY...) Nice beginning to the apple season for us.
This does not seem destined to become a "best tasting apple" in this area, but a worthy choice. Hope to taste Wynoochee Early in a couple weeks first time.
Favorites remain, so far:
Winesap, Karmijn de Sonnaville, Empire, Gravenstein, Macoun, Beacon, Lady, Wickson Crab (way out west, it is fabulous fresh.)
Goldrush and Suntan are contenders, and Newtown Pippin.