This year, for instance, Macoun is scarce and often disappointing if available. These grow in the Northeast, which had an uneven harvest this fall.
Last year this great apple was good to eat (and available) through late March.
Pacific Rose has not been sold in New England for the past few years, seemingly, though the grower has had plenty for export:
Another load of #USA grown #sweet #crisp Pacific Rose apples heading to Asian markets this morning from #Wenatchee pic.twitter.com/T9uAhwQXHo
— Pacific Rose Apple (@PacificRoseAppl) January 9, 2014
This is a great variety, one of the best of the generally good New Zealand apples. (I give it two stars.)
It's inevitable that the menu will change from year to year, but the choices in January are still interesting and surprisingly varied.
Hope springs eternal: @PacificRoseAppl could reconsider next year and steer some of those P Roses our way.