Ate my first properly ripened Sundance today, picked yesterday. LOVE at first bite: crunchy, nicely sweet plus complex lemon, almost pineapple unique flavor with a finishing agreeable tartness that makes my mouth water. Right up there with a perfectly ripe Goldrush, Spigold or Albemarle Pippin on my Mt Rushmore of eating apples.
The kicker: my totally no-spray Sundance tree has never had any disease, not even blight this year, the only tree in my orchard to stay clean. No rust that I see. I hear it can be biennial unless thinned a lot. May be a shy bearer. Already planning on topworking more of my trees.
Last year I picked it mid-October and didn’t get a clue what it could become if I left it to turn deeper yellow. I’ve been searching for this apple for 46 years.
Edit: I now see that ALL my apple trees have Marssonina Leaf Blotch fungus, including Sundance, but it didn’t adversely affect the Sundance fruit.
My taste buds are aging but I don’t get any harsh acidity- just a mellow, subtle, complex, pleasant acidity at the end that puts a bow on this apple, right off the tree. Hotter climate here than say New England may improve sugars and hide acidity.
This explains much. Ive had a tree since 2017. It was my first apple tree ever and I was pruning it incorrectly.
It’s never flowered. Granted I’m in a warm climate, but the tree doesn’t have any spurs either. Just grows vertically.