This year was not a good year for me but I still got a couple bushels in the cellar (read: basement fridge).
Today I pulled out a Suncrisp, it was not much different from when I picked it. It was excellent and it could be even better in February. I’ll try to hold a few back. I’m going to remove some nearby trees and let this guy get bigger, its one of my favorites; fortunately its on M7 so it should be able to take over a bigger spot quickly.
Rubinettes have been really good, they are not a long storage apple and at this point they are optimal: no more starch left and also no softness or loss of flavor. This year I am putting all the apples in ziplocks right away, in the past I let some sit out in the fridge without being bagged for some time. The Rubinettes I did that with got all rubbery. This year in the ziplocks they are staying crisp and excellent. I have been eating a lot of them, I stored around a bushel.
Reinette Clochard is never a very crisp apple, but they are also not getting rubbery in storage. Its supposed to last for a very long time and I can believe it. My tree is not in the best spot and the apples vary in quality depending on how much sun they get. When they are good they are really good, they have many different interesting flavors packed in, from pineapple to caramel.
Hubbardston Nonesuch are good but not great, I think I picked too early due to deer activity. They need to fully ripen to get the nice rose-petal aromatic flavors, and you never get more aromatics in storage.