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We picked apples a couple of days ago when Honey Crisp came in. That's one of my favorite varieties but my all time favorites are Suncrisp and Goldrush which we'll pick later in the season.

What are your favorite varieties and do you pick them yourself?



 
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Granny Smith FTW. Tart, crisp, and crunchy, as far as I'm concerned, is what apples are all about.
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In Montreal we are surrounded by apple orchards. However, you can only get mush from the local supermarkets. To get a proper crisp, tart, juicy apple you have to go to one of many orchards directly, which is a national pastime here, or buy them from a stand who buys directly from farmers.

I asked why that was. The response was that apparently supermarket chains buy in huge volumes and store the apples. Apples out now, even though fresh is just coming in, are apples from last year. Sheesh.
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Drew1365 wrote:
Honeycrisp FTW!
Just coming in are the Cortlands, which we got yesterday. Zestars are a nice early variety, but they're about done, I think. We're just eating Cortlands while we wait for the Honeycrisp.

I've never heard of Suncrisp or Goldrush. They aren't grown around here, I guess.


Suncrisps are a cross between a Cortland and a Golden Delicious. They're not very good looking (they get a little sun scabby) but wow...it's like a crisper Honeycrisp if you can believe that. Unfortunately they don't last as long. Mitch Lynd, the guy in the article mentioned below, is the owner of the orchard where we pick.

http://www.terhuneorchards.com/our_crops_suncrisp.html

 
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Fuji. Like nature's candy... a horribly addictive candy...
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Everytime I pick up a bag of honeycrisps, I end up eating the whole thing that day. I'm quite fond of them. Runners up are Ginger Gold and Golden Delicious which aren't too different from each other.

The worst variety? Rome.
 
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After trying some new (to me, anyway) varieties, like Jonagold and Fuji, I still like Red Delicious and Granny Smith the best.
 
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cold_fuzion wrote:
Fuji. Like nature's candy... a horribly addictive candy...


I also love Fuji. It's sweet and crisp!
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When I lived in New York and could pick my own, I would get mostly Red Delicious and McIntosh.

Now that all I can buy is stuff from the local megamart, I stick with Fugi and Gala. Maybe Granny Smith if we are using it for cooking.
 
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Golden delicious? Ugh.
 
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The red and golden delicious apples of today taste nothing like those 50+ years ago.

Apparently for years supermarket chains would buy apples purely on looks. The buyers would buy before tasting, so looks matter. That means that to succeed, apple growers would breed the reddest, most perfectly shaped apples, no matter what the flavor and texture was like.

End result: At one time, delicious apples really were delicious. Today they are mealy and bland. Thankfully, newer varieties are out that haven't been crossbred into awfulness yet.
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Braeburn and Fuji

They've destroyed Red and Golden Delicious around here. I remember these being great when I was younger. Now 9 out of 10 are mushy bruised junk.
 
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wmshub wrote:
The red and golden delicious apples of today taste nothing like those 50+ years ago.

Apparently for years supermarket chains would buy apples purely on looks. The buyers would buy before tasting, so looks matter. That means that to succeed, apple growers would breed the reddest, most perfectly shaped apples, no matter what the flavor and texture was like.

End result: At one time, delicious apples really were delicious. Today they are mealy and bland. Thankfully, newer varieties are out that haven't been crossbred into awfulness yet.


Interesting. Bland and mealy is exactly how I describe Red Delicious. I will have to try them again.

California Navels were in much the same boat. For YEARS I remember always being disappointed with woody, flavorless navels. I stopped buying them.

Then along came Clementines, the crack of the fruit world. That was the wake-up call the navel growers needed. I've been delighted with Navels the last few years.


Oh, and I love Cortland and Macs. Tart and Crispy.
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Braeburn. Besides having a pretty good flavor, they're also reliably firm when bought at the supermarket.
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We've got Galas and Braeburns planted, but they are still too young.
 
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