Got to taste all my rabbiteye varieties side by side yesterday and here are my conclusions. I am becoming more and more fond of SHB fruit with the exception of Brightwell and Alapaha. They are not great compared to SHB but are very acceptable for a late season berry. Powdery Mildew is a on going problem with Rabbiteyes.
Brightwell- Largest over all size and best flavor and sweetness. Most production to boot for my corner of the world. Berries are very round and really look like sweetcrisp berries. Still my favorite Rabbiteye so far.
Alapaha- this plant was just about removed last fall after struggling to establish but I've managed to keep it growing and glad I did. The berries are very small for a rabbiteye, about the same size as Sunshine blue but they do have a good flavor and sweet. I'm thinking the size may improve if it takes of this year. We shall see!
Austin- I only got a handful of fruit off this plant and it was better than most Rabbiteyes. Sweet with a nice flavor comparable to Alapaha but with average size berries. Only problem is it didn't set much fruit at all and I think it was from lack of chilling. Getting rid of it.
Woodard- I've had a lot of negative things to say about this variety but this year the fruit was better than last. I had more patients this year and let the fruit hang untill at least 50% ripe and it made a difference. The fruit is sweet with a very light flavor. Almost bland but sweet. It's not bad but not what I'm looking for.
Beckyblue, Blue Gem- same as Woodard with a slight difference in flavor but still very light flavor and sweet. Nothing to write home about. Gone.
That being said I'm keeping 3 Rabbiteyes and the rest are gone. I'm going from six raised beds down to three raised beds. I'm keeping Brightwell, Alapaha and Bluegem. Bluegem just happens to be in a good spot and I'm too lazy at this point to remove it. The Alapaha will be moved to a 25 gallon pot. I'm trying to open up the area for sun and air cause mildew is a on going battle on Rabbiteye leafs.