|A bag of tiny organic Crimson Golds from my supermarket.|
Crimson Gold is, of course, the superlative apple created by California apple-breeding legend Albert Etter. I know it as a regular-sized fruit, medium to large.
|Crab-sized Crimson Golds with Empire.|
Their coloring is not as good as I've seen, but these little guys have the same rich complex flavors.
I nearly overlooked the bagged apples, including Junami, which is a winter treat. Bags can be a great value but I prefer to buy in smaller quantities.
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The smaller Junamis may just not have been large enough to be sold per piece. There have been no loose Junamis around here this winter.
Meanwhile, these diminutive Crimson Gs revive the confusion about crab apples that I describe in my Crimson Gold review.
It's not wrong to call the Crimson Golds crabs, but that just refers to their size.
I'm not sure why Cuyama grows them this way. Maybe it's easier not to thin them, and that leads to tiny fruits. Around here, Tougas Farm grows them at full size.
Etter sometimes called these "Little Rosybloom." Maybe "little" means that he grew them small, too.