Sunday, September 8, 2013

Nova Easygro apple (Easy Grow)

Today's variety is classically shaped, if on the squat side, with very little ribbing, medium-sized. One sample (photographed) grew wildly lopsided.

The blush is a thin red, just a bit dull, over spring green. Lenticels show light in the blush, dark on the green.

Note the mustard-colored strands of russet radiating from the stem well.

This apple grew up on an organic farm and has the usual marks of character. It's nice and firm and has a complex grassy smell.

The flesh of Nova Easygro is crisp and dense, white with green highlights. It is quite nicely balanced with both sweet and tart elements at a respectful distance. There are some table grapes, a very little spice, and not much else, but it's still pleasant to eat.

The flavors don't last quite as long as the chew, leaving a disappointing grassy finish, but the final impression is refreshingly astringent. A second sample has stronger flavors, including some berries, that persist longer.

On balance, this mild apple ought to please all tastes.

I have seen photos of Easygro with more-saturated blush. Probably, mine are just a bit early: still good to eat, but not at their peak.

As you might guess from the name, these were bred in Nova Scotia for hardiness and blight resistance. They are a good pick for an organic orchard.


  1. The lopsidedness comes from incomplete pollination; the small side did not get pollinated and will have no seeds. This is why cross-pollination is important, even for "self-fertile" varieties as you get better quality fruit.

    1. Kevin (Kuffel), I hadn't made the connection between shape and politicization.

      It is always interesting when parts of an apple reflects back to its life as a flower. For instance, finding the stamens inside the calyx of the mature fruit.