Saturday, October 17, 2009

Liberty **

This medium-sized apple has a splotchy, streaky blush that is quite a deep purplish red in places; the unblushed skin is a light yellow-green. It is slightly ribbed.

The lenticels are tiny, sparse, white, and insignificant, and there is a good deal of harmless flyspeck, perhaps because this apple grew on an organic farm.

The apple has a sweet vinous smell mixed with cider.

Liberty's flesh is wonderfully crisp, a fine-grained white tinged with creamy yellow. Its flavor is similarly light and crisp, with a good balance of sweet and tart but distinct citrus notes, like melon with lemon. There is a little bit of a vinous quality, and some depth, though nothing like a McIntosh or Macoun. Liberty is a very refreshing and enjoyable apple.

Liberty was bred by that apple powerhouse, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, from Macoun and a noncommercial variety. This variety resists disease, making it a good choice for an organic farm, but its lively flavor commends it at least as much as its vitality.

More on Liberty from its breeders here.


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