The happy start of the apple harvest is not when I expected to discover a new (to me) variety from New Zealand at the supermarket. Nonetheless Sonya has finally made it to New England.
Since this is another modern apple bred for export, I begin with a few preconceptions. This apple will be sweet, crisp, and juicy, satisfying but in many ways interchangeable with its sweet, crisp & juicy brethren such as Jazz, Gala, and so forth.
Jaded and cynical I know. But go ahead, New Zealand Apple Empire, surprise me with something different.
These tapered and ribbed apples are an attractive variegated red over yellow, with tan lenticels and a few superficial blemishes. Some samples were quite elongated. These are on the smaller side of large.
The apple feels nice and firm and has no aroma, unbroken.
The coarse light-yellow flesh is juicy and sweet, with floral notes (very like violets) and a satisfying crunch. There's an interesting hint of carrots in the finish. Sonya is sweet, light, and pleasing.
A daughter of Gala and Red Delicious, Sonya marries Gala's floral flavors with the best of the Delicious qualities.
I would expect this easy-to-eat variety to have broad appeal. I won't say no to another, either.
Sonya is this apple's marketing name, but Nevson is the true variety name. Some day Nevson's patent will expire and farmers will be able to grow this apple freely; however the public will buy only Sonya, trademarked forever.
That's the theory anyway.
As for my expectations: Bang on. But what did you expect?