Friday, November 8, 2019


Yellow apple with patches of red-pink blus.

Behold this large apple, shapely and tapered (if a little lopsided), a cheerful yellow with patches of orange-pink blush.

Russetted lenticels stand out against the light background, and there is a very small amount of ribbing.

Monday, November 4, 2019

C2 Leader

The top of a red apple, with "C2 Leader" written with a sharpie marker.

You has to eat a peck o sharpie to be a nappleman true, as John Chapman once said.

Today's sharpie was wielded by Will in Central Massachusetts.

Friday, November 1, 2019

E3 and E4

Wouldn't you say these are the same apple?

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019


Bins filled with 8 different kinds of apples, red, yellow, orange, green

It's a fine time of year for apples.

Saturday, October 26, 2019


Top of an apple, including stem and leaves, with "E5 HD RD" written on the peal.

Will, from Central Massachusetts, sent me these (and some other apples) from his home orchard seeking to know what they might be.

They are from his tree E5 and are supposed to be Red Delicious ("RD") from a tree purchased from Home Depot ("HD"). You do not have to be a pomologist to know these are not those.

So, what are they?

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Three more from Josh

Dark red conical apple with russeted topOblate apple with partial red blush and a few bruisesRound yellow apple with partial streaky orange blush.

Josh has been sending me apples this year from his orchard in western Washington: one last summer, and six this fall

I've already written about the first three of the six, which included a second bite for me of Tompkins King.

There was also a mystery apple that I think could be the great Ashmead's Kernel. (Others disagree.)

The second trio, below, also includes one apple that Josh knows for sure. It is Kingston Black, a famous cider apple.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Will's 1920

The top of a yellow apple, with the number "1920" written on it with a black marker..

Today I am tasting the first of a shipment of mystery apples from Will, who grew these in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, near Worcester.

Will got ahold of me hoping for some help IDing his crop.

I warned him that he'd probably be disappointed, since I'm not much of an apple sleuth. He sent his apples anyway. The provisional names are his.

Monday, October 21, 2019

It's raining apples

the apple blogger's complaint

Four apples
Clockwise from right: Ashmead's Kernel, Macoun, Wickson, Baldwin

It is glorious October! At this point in the season my refrigerator overflows with Ashmead's Kernel, Macoun, Wickson, and Baldwin.

But can I eat them? I can not.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Ashmead's Kernel mystery

Two russeted, colored apples, similar but with some differences.

The purpose of today's apple adventure is not to decide which is best, but rather what is what.

I spotted some similarities between Ashmead's Kernel and an unidentified variety that came my way.

Some of you, gentle readers, begged to differ.

So, I report, you decide. What is this guy?

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Three from Josh

Small pale yellow appleLarge orange-red appleSmall russet-and-orange apple

This is shaping up to be the Year of People Sending Me Apples.

This past summer Josh sent me what was probably Duchess of Oldenburg from his Eastern Washington orchard.

Josh thought so too. Hey, I got one right! And now the floodgates are opened.

I do not mind at all (far from it), but for the record let me explain why I probably cannot identify your mystery apple even if I have one to taste.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Tompkins King

Classically shaped red-orange apple.

When a reader named Josh packed up a care package for me from his orchard in western Washington, he threw in Tompkins King (aka King) because I had said (in my 2013 review) that I would like to try it again.

This Tomkins is large, ribbed, and classically shaped, if a bit broad in the beam.

It's a naturally green apple almost entirely covered with a blush of very fine streaks, orange-red. Look closely to see many regular tan lenticel dots. It is firm and fragrant.

Sunday, October 13, 2019