I’m all but out of last year’s apples. Ate the last of the Liberties about a couple of days ago. They held up pretty well, but the texture was mealy. Still good snap, juicy, flavorful, but w/o that signature sharpness, of course.
I brought up the one bag of four Jonagolds I got this year, but had to pitch them. They were soft, going brown, not appetizing at all. But one had a good spot that I sampled and it was terrific. Usually Jonagolds hold up well for me, but for some reason this year they let me down.
So now I’m down to half a dozen Prairie Spy, a big apple known for good keeping. In the past I’ve had mixed results with PS, i.e., it has tasted terrible! But this year the apple redeemed itself. Firm, juicy, crisp, great texture, sharp, flavorful, and really, really tasty in a good way. I know that @clarkinks grows this apple and I’m interested in hearing about his results this year, and of course anybody else’s too.
And that’s that. In a few days we’ll be eating grocery store apples again. Who knows, if the gummit sends me more money I might even buy a couple of Cosmic Crisp and try them- they’re availble here now, but for $2.99 a pound I hesitate.