Apple Report 2013
It may be a bit early for an apple report, but all my apples except Goldrush and Sundance are done. Many finished before I expected, either due to earlier ripening, or just running out of apples on the tree.
This is the first year I've gotten fruit from most of these trees (except Goldrush, Priscilla, and Ecos Red), so the sample size is not large. I admire what Scott has done on this board and want to contribute in the same way, though I realize I'll need a lot more years before I can have that depth of experience.
Williams Pride- 10.5-14 brix, Not bad summer apple. I liked the early August ones (crunchy, tart, 11-12 brix) because they were all I had. In late August, they started to get into the 13-14 range with some watercore and were more popular when I shared them. Size a bit variable, about half large (3+") and half medium (~2.5"). 2nd-4th week of August, tree- 3rd year, G11, sample: ~40
Akane- 14-16.9 brix, Very white flesh. Good crunch, with sharp flavor. Quite tart, considering the brix. Last week of August, tree- 3rd year M27, sample: ~4
Prima?- 14-15 brix, Sweet, fruity taste, with tender, firm, but not crunchy flesh. Was supposed to be Pitmaston Pineapple, but appears to be another variety, possibly Prima. This is based on the season, fruit description (60-90% red coloring, taste, etc), disease resistance of the tree (good), and the fact that it is alphabetically adjacent. Last week of August, tree- 2nd year G16(?), sample: 2
Egremont Russet- 13.5-14.5 brix, Fell off tree too early, in mid-late august. Pretty dry. Hopefully they will be better if I can keep them hanging longer. tree- 2nd year B9/B118, sample: 3-4
Priscilla- 12-15 brix, At its best, this apple is pretty good, though not great. But, it seems to be a very inconsistent apple. Even though it was well thinned, quite a few fruit didn't size up at all (sometimes when it was the only one on the branch...). It also dropped a lot of fruit early, which often had a very soft texture. Randomly interspersed, there were hard crunchy apples with good sweetness and a mild interesting flavor. Last week of Aug, first of Sept, tree- 3rd year, B9, sample: ~30
Winecrisp- 14-17 brix, This tree has never grown well for me, with small branches, and not so many leaves. So even though it produced only 5 apples, none were very large (2.3" was the largest). They were very hard and crisp, with a surprising amount of sugar, given the few leaves (late in the season, there were only 1-2 leaves on some branches). Even with the sugar, it didn't have much flavor (not bad- just noting too interesting). I tried keeping one in the fridge for a few weeks and didn't detect any difference. I wonder what this would taste like, if I was able to get it to ripen properly on the tree into mid-October. Late Aug- Mid Sept, tree- 3rd year, G11, sample: 5
Ecos Red- 10.6-12.5 brix, Battery acid flavor, without enough sugar. Juicy, with good crunch when not too ripe (last year they went soft quickly). Small apple, with lots of biter pit. I've been grafting over this tree and will continue. First 2 weeks of Sept, tree- 4th year, Ranetka, sample: 4
Kidds Orange Red- 14-17.5 brix, Very good flavor, with plenty of sweetness. Narrow ripening window (seeds just finishing turning black on 8/28 and overripe on 9/11). When picked at the right time, it also has nice crunch. Good sized apples (most medium-large, with one 3.5" diameter). First week Sept, tree- 2nd year G11/MM111, sample: 6
Karmijn De Sonnaville- 17-19 brix, Most cracked and rotted, so I was only able to sample a few (most of which were damaged necessitating picking). Very strong almost harsh flavor. I'm not sure if additional ripening, or time off the tree is needed. But, the brix is there... First week Sept, tree- 2nd year potted M27., sample: 3
Sweet Sixteen- 12-16.5 brix, My new favorite mid season apple. The early ones have a nice tart kick with decent sweetness (13-14 around Sept 1st). By mid September, when I ran through the tree, it was up to ~15 brix, without much tart, but with an intense interesting flavor. The flavor varied, but in some I definitely tasted cherry candy. I compared some of these with a Jonathon (formerly my September favorite, along with Honeycrisp) from the Farmer's market and it was no contest. Speaking of Honeycrisp, some of the early SS have a background favor I've tasted in Honeycrisp before. Decent crunch, but not super-dense or hard. First 2 weeks of Sept, tree- 3rd year, B9, sample: 30-40
Liberty- 11-18.5 brix, The sweetness and flavor was not consistent, ranging from tart to sweet, all in the same apple. One had brix ranging from 12.5-18.5, which strangely was the first I picked on 9/5. Fruit picked 2 weeks later was 3-5 % points lower. Good crunch and large size (2.9-3.5"). I remember picking this at a PYO years ago and not being impressed. Maybe light penetration is particularly important. My small tree gets plenty and the reddest parts were most tasty. Mid Sept, tree- 2nd year G65, sample: 3
Ashmead's Kernel- 13-20 brix, The one near 20 brix was very good. The ones in the 13-15 area were pretty harsh and could have used more time to ripen. Lots of biter pit. Mid Sept, tree- 3rd year potted M27, sample: 3
Roxbury Russet- 14.5-20 brix, Two of the 3 fruit were at least partially overripe (mealy, dry). This one surprised me, as I thought it would be a later variety. When not overripe, it appears to be crisp and firm, but not hard/crunchy. It had a mild sweet flavor. It is a very small tree, as I runted it out a bit by letting it carry an apple in its planting year. I'm interested in seeing what this can do once it is a bit more mature. Mid Sept, tree- 2nd year, G11/MM111, sample: 3
Sundance- 12.5-15 brix, Very hard and crunchy, with powerful tart flavor (stronger than the early Goldrushs...). Has enough sugar to be interesting. I like strong flavor, but this is on the border for me (but has been my mom's favorite). I have one left on the tree- maybe in another week or two it will be even better. It is a uniformly large apple, with all of mine in the 3-3.5" range. Mid-Late Sept, tree- 3rd year, G11, sample: 6-7
Hudson's Golden Gem- 12-14.2 brix, Large size (>3"), juicy, with pleasant mild flavor. Oxidize quickly. Most of the fruit on the tree cracked and rotted, leaving a single apple, which may have increased the size. With a single apple, I wasn't able to test into the right picking time and 9/17 was too early. Early Oct?, tree- 3rd year M27, sample: 1
Goldrush- TBD (16.5 of a few drops) brix, Most are still ripening on the tree. Top quality, based on last year and even a few of the recent drops are pretty good, though they will be better in a month. Late Oct, tree- 3rd year G16, sample: ~50 (TBD)
On the way next year (I think): Mother, Red Boskoop, Pomme Gris and Crimson Crisp, with another 25+ in the pipeline (but I have no idea how long it will take some of the new grafts to fruit).
Pictured below: Roxbury Russet from 9/21 (half was good with 19+ brix, half was mealy)