The local organic market has had so many different apple cultivars lately that I decided to have an apple tasting with my husband and next-door neighbors. The contestants were Tsugaru, Pink Lady, Jazz, Sweetie, Envy, Braeburn (I think it was underripe, so not a fair comparison), Cameo, Pacific Rose, Opal, Honeycrisp, Cornish Aromatic (I grew), Red Fuji (I grew), and Sonata. There were another three that got mixed up in the bag or the refrigerator and I’m not sure what they were, alas. The results were interesting. My husband and my neighbor Don both had Gold Rush and Honeycrisp as their top two apples, and my neighbor Valerie had Gold Rush as her #1 and Honeycrisp as her #5 (Valerie also turned out to be a serious tangy/sour apple fan), whereas these two apples didn’t make it onto my top five. Honeycrisp seemed harsh with a slightly unpleasant taste. My favorites were Pacific Rose first and Cameo second. (To me, Pacific Rose isn’t just sweet, but has a delicious floral taste.) The only two that I grew (although I didn’t tell the tasters!) were the Red Fuji and the Cornish Aromatic, and the Red Fuji was in all four of our top fives, and the Cornish Aromatic was at the bottom of everyone’s list. I think that may be because it is not a crisp apple and it suffers in comparison. Val and Don have a productive Pink Lady tree so they’re set for good sweet/acid balance apples, whereas I have a big old tree with about 15 varieties grafted, mostly on the sweet end of the spectrum.