These are large ribbed apples, both broad and conical, sporting a glossy peel of pure yellow sunshine. There's no blush at all on any of my samples.
The lenticels are nearly invisible except around the crown where some have filled in with grey.
The flesh is a coarse-grained light yellow, lightweight but very crisp and quite juicy. More sweet than tart, the flavors are mild to the point of attenuation, clean, and a little floral.
Tastes include, faintly, plums and watermelon (not the candy flavor that some apples seem to have, but faint traces of the fruit). There is only a hint of Golden Delicious's honey.
These flavors are very easy to take and enjoy. Indeed in an apple of lesser texture they would be bland. But in Aurora the delicacy of crunch and taste come together pleasingly.
Another taster, posting at Orange Pippin, aptly compares Aurora to a water chestnut, "sweet, crisp, clean." I imagine it as part of a tasting medley with some more-richly flavored apples.
This apple when cut exhibited almost no browning over a 12-hour period, making it a good candidate for adding crunch to salads and sandwiches.
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Aurora's full name, Aurora Golden Gala, suggest a sport of Gala, but it is a Splendour x Gala cross. I use the Commonwealth spelling for Splendor to honor Aurora's origin at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland, British Columbia, circa 1997.
Aurora was first commercialized (and named) about 10 years ago, but I have never seen it in stores in New England. Thanks to Auville for the chance to try this apple.