One of the best-tasting apples I’ve had recently was a Williams Pride from a local orchard. Sweet, tart, juicy, with a rich kind of berry-like flavor and a really nice firm-crunchy texture, and good looking to boot. I’ve got considerably less apple-tasting experience than many of you, but for me, this was really a wow.
So, I went back and got a few more, and they ranged from just ok to meh to just about bleh. Apples came from the same orchard, and given the size of the orchard quite possibly the same tree, and they were all eaten (or partly eaten) within about three days. I was under the impression that WP kept pretty well for an early apple, but I think I’ve read that it also ripens over a fairly long period, so maybe that accounts for some of the variability?
I’m curious to know if anyone else has any insight into this variety. After eating the first one, I was thinking I should really try and grow them, but after trying the next three, I was feeling considerably less sold on that idea.