Golden Russet on 2 sites
I was planting some trees way upstate CT today where I had planted some last year. On a couple of those trees there were a few apples still hanging, including a couple of Golden Russets. Pulled one off and tasted it and it had the perfect balance of acid and sugar but temps had dropped down to 20 the night before and it was still frozen.
On my way home I ate the rest of it and it was such a perfect apple- noticeably superior to the sweeter and grainier ones from a tree on my own property this year. Better, actually, than any of this variety I've eaten from several trees at other sites just south of my orchard.
It could be because the roots were damaged from transplanting, or it could be the difference of being one zone colder, but given that folks north of me rave about this apple my guess is the more northern location suits it.
Location, location. Especially for heirlooms, I think.
Interesting how much cold it took without losing texture.