There's no compelling reason for today's side-by-side comparison.
|Wickson (L) and King David (R) are both small apples|
Each is hard to find and the odds of ever having the happy dilemma of choosing between the two are slim.
Yet today I have, happily, both apples, both from Steven Edholm's farm, Turkeysong, near Ukiah California.
Both are small (King David uncharacteristically so) and have an unusual malt note (stronger in Wickson). And both are outstandingly fine apples.
King David is similarly shaped but its blush is a deep pure red, though streaky and less saturated in places. The unblushed peel is also yellow.
Both have a lovely crunch, with crisp, firm, yellow flesh that is medium-coarse-grained and very juicy.
King David is yellower inside, and also sweeter, though both are pleasantly well balanced. Wickson's malt flavor is intense, and there is plenty of lively spicy snap.
How do they match up against each other? They are both extremely attractive little apples, though in different ways.
From a technical perspective, Wickson's flavors are more distinctive than King David's, but either apple is a treat. Together, a double treat.
The two apples are wonderfully complementary to eat together, although because they are small this experience does not last long enough.
Both of these guys end up as a pile of core fragments and stem in the palm of my hand.