Friday, September 27, 2013

Maiden's Blush *

Medium-sized, very oblate, green-yellow with smooth rosy cheeks, Maiden Blush resembles nothing so much as a supersized Lady Apple.

Its small light lenticels are nearly unnoticeable. In hand it is quite firm to the squeeze.

Inside this apple is fine-grained white flesh, somewhat dense and hard. The flavors are balanced but on the tart side, and perhaps more chewy than crunchy.

After the initial acidity recedes there is some cane sugar and a hint of berries, followed by a whisper of vanilla banana.

Maiden's Blush is far from unpleasant but also far from the mainstream. Sample it for something different.

My discovery of this apple has caused me to blush because I now list two different varieties with the same name. In fact there appear to be 3 Maidens' Blushes.

My other, very different, blush is here.

I'll try to run this puzzle to ground but in the mean time this apple is the variety that commonly bears that name, at least in North America. It originated in New Jersey some 200 years ago.

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