Mealy Braeburn apple

waiting_gwAugust 14, 2014

I brushed against the tree and knocked off a nice-sized apple. It had only a few red speckles but I thought I'd taste it anyway (the first off this 2-yearold tree).

Well, it definitely wasn't green. Had a mild flavor and little of the sharpness I enjoy in grocery store Braeburns. And it was mealy.

I'm in central California and this apple shouldn't have been ready for several months.

Why do apples gt mealy?

Thanks,

gary

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Mealy usually means over ripe. But I suppose it could be the heat. I grew it in TX a long time ago. It didn't seem to handle the heat very well but I don't remember if mealy was the issue. Just got rid of it and didn't try again.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 6:07PM
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waiting_gw

Thanks, FN. You could be right about it not handling heat well, the Granny Smiths next to it are still hard, not ripe, and not mealy, though it's a much older tree. Maybe I'll give it one more year.

gary

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 3:07PM
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