This attractive variety has a red blush over yellow green, accented by many tiny light lenticels. At its deepest the blush comprises darker and lighter streaks together. The lenticels, which are dark green in the unblushed skin, crowd the bottom third of the fruit and grow sparse near the top.
Braeburn runs medium to large and is moderately ribbed. My sample is fragrant, firm, and--see the photo--glistening with wax.
The flesh is creamy yellow and medium coarse. Braeburn is satisfyingly crisp and juicy, with a mild, sweet flavor. Although the tastes are mostly generic, there is some complexity and a hint of oranges and I wonder what else might come to light were there more balancing tartness. Neither the flavor nor the sweetness is so concentrated as to cloy, and the general effect is refreshing and not without interest.
Braeburn began life as a chance seedling found in a New Zealand orchard in the middle of the last century. It needs lots of sun, which may be one reason why Brogdale notes, "This particular clone quite often fails to mature fully in the UK."
This variety stores and travels extremely well.