Macoun is my favorite fall tasting Apple. Can’t beat Gravenstein for its early ripening. Goldrush for a later Apple.
I will vote for Fuji, my all time favorite
ztom, mine fruited for the first time last year and I don’t think they fully ripened before I had to harvest them due to freezing temperatures. They certainly looked ripe, but they must not have been. They weren’t very good at all.
If you can grow it you really should, most people like them a lot and they possess so many positive attributes. They are disease resistant, insect resistant (I think), bear super heavy, and have nice growth characteristics.
ACN lists the ripening date at Nov. 10, that’s probably about right, so it’s even later here for me. Most years that’s going to be too late for me. I think Z6 is probably pushing it.
Would someone please tell me what the acronym ACN stands for. It’s probably something that my mind should automatically interpret, but it’s running in slow mode today. Thanks.
Adams County Nursery
Alan I got my “Maslin” from Brandts, they are a large commerial grower. Only had it on M9. I dont think they have a minimum, but the way they ship it is going to cost as much to ship one tree as it will 25. I saw somebody else had them the other day on the commercial side as I was sourcing out some orders for this coming fall and next spring.
McIntosh immediately off my own tree
Mammoth Black Twig (not paragon)
I’ve had Grimes Golden that was epic; not yet ripe in my yard.
Many others like that…Anticipation.
I’ve had so many that others raved about, I bought at a grocery store,
and thought, “Meh”. If you grow it yourself the right way, you can make it amazing.
It is much different to rate the fruit off your own trees.
Ashmead’s Kernel is one that wins lots of taste tests, very high brix with enough acid to make the flavor quite interesting- and it is hard and crisp. Tough to work for good crops here- I’m still figuring it out. May respond to having overly vigorous new wood removed in mid-spring. I’m hoping mine calms down as it ages but it is already 12 years old. First decent crop on it this year after a 3 year drought.
I actually just had a Goldrush yesterday from a local orchard, but they were kept under gas. Still, not too exciting, except for being able to say I had one - it was closer to a so so yellow delicious at this point. But I love them in the fall through January when they are still sharp and spunky.
Daily eating, Fuji gets the nod for good keeping and very reliable flavor.
But, while I don’t have any myself, the apple I’m looking to most from the farmers market this fall is Crimson Topaz. One farm grows them and only has a few trees. They come in during late September here and have a great tart/sweet taste with a very satisfying crunch. I understand that except for cedar apple rust, they are quite disease resistant.
I like a cold hard crisp Granny Smith apple.
Honey Crisp I fell in love with after my first apple.
Fuji this last March was so sweet, and crisp right from the grocery store. They were the best!
Jonagold - from my own tree
Have you checked Willow Drive Nursery? Sometimes they carry PL Maslin. Not sure if they have minimum orders.
Matt, I haven’t tried them. I would like to purchase about 5 trees of this variety so many of the commercial nurseries aren’t helpful. I assume the variety will become more widely available if it does extend the Pink Lady range. September Fuji took a while to get around but Adams finally started selling it.
My first Honeycrisp was wonderful as well as my first Jonagold. I must have got lucky and bought these when they were in season. Others that I bought have not been as good. Since then I have added these two to my small orchard and there is five Jonagold apples hanging on my tree. One for each of my grands and I.
For flavor alone wild apples pack a lot of punch in a small package. I love my dozen or so different wild varieties. I’ve got to admit my next best favorites are gala, hone crisp, pink lady, and Fuji. If I tasted a King David it would likely be love at first bite. I would love to try several of these types of apples mentioned. Thanks for posting the topic
A really good Jonagold is actually hard to tell from Honeycrisp for most people. They have a similar acid-sugar balance and juiciness even if JG doesn’t quite have the explosive crunch.
Here in my San Diego county coastal climate I’m a fan of Gordon and White Winter Pearmain.
Well, I’m sure everyone knows I’m all-in with Honeycrisp, but SweeTango (as Daemon pointed out) is one knockout of an apple. I too would pay a handsome price for even a tiny bit of wood. Truly spectacular.
Everyone will see me as a greenhorn, but I’m going to throw out Golden Delicious too. I know, I know what you’re thinking…but last fall I bought a bag out of the Hudson Valley, NY and they were so fresh and so “over the moon” good. I was so freaking shocked and surprised by this, words cannot describe. I kept looking at the bag and rereading the label, looking closely to see if they had somehow been mislabeled. They weren’t.
Juicy, crisp (yes, crisp), sweet and fully flavorful.
I had bought a tub of that caramel stuff for the kids to dip the slices in and hell we ended up eating up the wole thing. Maybe it was a fluke and they’re usually not this good, I dunno because I never bought them before, but these were certainly top tier, the whole family loved them.
I agree Clarkinks. Several crabapples are good. They tend to be more flavorful. I think people have largely lost their taste for them. They are also the most nutritious apples.
Thanks JohnS I know there are a few of us crabapple lovers left in the world. Some of my pippins are as large as a mans fist and deliciously flavorfull. Truly wild apples contain a wealth of genetic diversity. I’m growing some right now that will no doubt be a flavor beyond my imigination. Appleseed70 I agree yellow delicious can be good. I knew a man who grew them here once. He was a close friend of mine when I was a child. Though his orchard was short lived for lack of knowledge the fruit was excellent. I’ve noticed some good apples are site specific and red and yellow delicious are notorious. We laughed about the flavor of red delicious at the store and then we tasted some red delicious grown here which are night and day different flavored. Red delicious in Kansas taste similar to a really good Jonathan or a Winesap. So when I here you speak of yellow delicious I would point out it was a king of apples where it’s from because otherwise it would have kindled the stove fire. Before anyone from other regions insults the Winesap I would point out it is a true winner in Kansas and well it should be since this is its home http://www.treesofantiquity.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=125