Perhaps it's due to the warm weather, but I have a big ol' tree full of what I think are Golden Delicious that are ready for picking here in northern VA. I've been eating 3-4 per day from the tree for the past 2 weeks. I think now, though, they are about ready.
This is my first experience eating tree-ripened apples. If this is a Golden Delicious, it's far better than any I've had from the store. Crunchy/crispy, and midway between tart and sweet. We fried some for supper last night and ate them with biscuits, bacon, and eggs. Man, they were good.
We have a second, smaller tree that I think is a McIntosh. They're turning red, but they're not ripe yet. Perhaps in 2-3 weeks.
What do you have ripening now?