Sunday, September 8, 2013
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.