Best of the Best tasting apple varieties
Following up on Glenn's recent post about taste tests, I propose we do one of the exercises common in the tomato groups: everyone name your top 10 tasting apple varieties by following up here. In a week or so when there are enough votes, someone can rank varieties by how many top-10 votes they get. This exercise does not take into account different climates, ease or difficulty of growing, early vs late, what varieties people may or may not have tried, etc, so it is best to view it as some fun with a bit of information attached.
Without further ado, here is my top-10 tasting apple varieties of the moment, in no particular order:
Wickson - tastes like a peach/apple cross
Gold Rush - unique hard texture and anise flavor
Kidds Orange Red - a sweeter and more aromatic Gala
Fuji - honey apple par extraordinaire if grown well
Hawaii - improved Golden Delicious
Hewes Crab - very richly flavored if a little too mealy when ripe
White Winter Pearmain - this apple has a very pleasant aromatic flavor somewhere in the Mutsu/Golden Delicious realm
Fameuse - a more delicately-flavored version of McIntosh
Ashmead's Kernel - nutty flavor in skin is wonderful
Egremont Russet - loads of flavor along with good sweet/sour balance, great texture and beautiful eye candy.
My rankings are primarily based on my own orchard fruits. I find store- or market-bought Fujis to be nothing special so it would not make my top-10 based on that. Also I have many varieties which have not fruited yet or not fruited often enough which I am sure will bump out some of the above.