As it turns out, many of the apples that drew me last month—16 of them—were offspring of Gala and Braeburn, two New Zealand varieties that have become supermarket staples here in the States.
Maybe you've been making similar choices. Here are mine.
Jazz, one of my favorites of the new breeds, is a Braeburn x Royal Gala cross. This means Royal Gala (a variant of Gala) pollinated Braeburn.
Envy on the other hand is a Royal Gala x Braeburn cross, with Braeburn as the pollinating parent.
Of the two, Envy is most clearly a daughter of her parents, displaying some of the best qualities of both, with a satisfying crunch.
Jazz manages to introduce some great new flavors that I've never found in Gala or Braeburn.
Jazz grows in the U.S., but not in July. These apples are imported from New Zealand or other countries south of the equator, where the spring harvest is still somewhat fresh.
Gala and Braeburn often make beautiful music together. In May I enjoyed Lemonade, another direct descendant, and Smitten, of which an unnamed Braeburn x Gala cross is the pollinator.
Of my other July apples, most were Cripps Pinks. Cripps is another New Zealand variety that is not part of the Gala-Braeburn family. It is often marketed as Pink Lady.
I'm gradually taking my leave of these apples as local fruit ripens.