I’m especially interested to hear about the less popular varieties.
Today I had a Dayton apple from an apple CSA. Dayton is a PRI breeding program variety. It was very juicy, but the flavor was just OK. It reminded me of Enterprise in appearance, but wasn’t as good. Less acid and only decent brix. Very juicy though. RedFree is a better apple, and it isn’t as good as Williams’ Pride or Pristine.
I am growing the fairly common Liberty and Enterprise. And I have a branch grafted to Williams’ Pride. I will have to get some GoldRush this fall and try them.
Drew, I’m growing Chieftain, 3rd leaf, nice load of pretty red, disease free fruit. Leaves are all clean and it got one spray this year. It’s not a new apple and I haven’t tasted much of it, but it sure gets high reviews for taste and without much spray, it looks real good at this time.
Well, I do have Pristine, Liberty and Goldrush, so those are fairly common DR varieties, but they’re newly planted, as are all my other fruit trees. So, no opinion on any of their characteristics.
Of the more obscure DR varieties, I do have a Novaspy, which is a “new and improved” Northern Spy (NS x Gold Del cross) out of Canada. And, we have a Winecrisp, which is another PRI offering. It has Rome, Cox, and Jonathan in its parentage. I’ve asked opinions about these two apples on this forum, but haven’t heard much about them.
When I was pondering which DR trees I wanted, I had considered Enterprise, but changed to something else. I read something about Enterprise having a rather thick, chewy skin, and that kind of moved me in another direction. Maybe it’s fine for some folks, but I just don’t like a thick skinned apple.
The orchard we went to a couple weeks ago has WC, Liberty, Enterprise, and GR, but they’re not ready yet. I’m looking forward to see what they really taste like.
Interesting to hear that that variety does well for you and is disease resistant. It is one of the few that has come from Iowa, and the only one besides Delicious that I know of that isn’t nearly lost. I have come across some old literature on ISU apple and pear varieties. Bartlett pears
I believe I purchased a few Chieftain last year. I don’t recall how they tasted.
Among these, only Lodi, Red Gravenstein, and Goldrush have ripened fruit for me. Lodi comes in on the Fourth of July, the timing of which I really like, even if its eating quality is only fair. Gravenstein and Goldrush are top tier apples.
I’ve also fruited some flawless-looking Gingergolds, which I really enjoy.
I’m growing two disease resistant, summer “sleepers” out of the now defunct Arkansas breeding project: MonArk and ArkCharm. My grafts aren’t fruiting yet but I tasted MonArk once and it’s Really Good- crisp, tart, very disease resistant, summer apple. Vintage Virginia Apples sells both trees. Feel MonArk is way under-appreciated, under- planted.
My opinion of the few Winecrisp I’ve had is that it is definitely best if you store it for eating later. I think I must have eaten most of the couple pounds I got right away and left a few in the bottom of the crisper. I think those ones that got stored for a while were better. They are an very hard/dense apple when first picked.
Chieftain is a very popular commercial variety in the midwest, mostly in Ia. Flavor in taste tests has been rated very good to excellent. Mine are about 2.5-3" now and bright red. Should be ready in 3-4 wks.
These are all second leaf so take with appropriate skepticism on disease claims:
williams pride on g890 - no disease problems so far
priscilla on g41 - Got fireblight on a new shoot and got into the trunk, but seems to be fine after I cut out the canker
king david on g222 - I removed one of the branches after fireblight struck but no problems since then.
liberty on g-41 -No blight or other diseases. Very leggy tree with long limber limbs.
goldrush on g-30 - Only a tiny bit of CAR. This tree is very tall and has short limbs. It wants to go vertical.
Arkansas black on g-41 - Got blight on a new shoot and it got into the trunk and almost girdled it. I left the canker on there and the tree is kicking the canker’s tail as far as I can tell. The tree has sealed off he wound and almost healed over completely already.
Thanks, yours might be the first opinion of this apple I’ve seen on this site. What kind of flavors are we talking about with Winecrisp? Tart, sweet, juicy? Is there another apple it’s similar to in flavor, texture, etc?