This tasting does not replace my initial review of the Pristines I got in New York in early September of 2008.
They were good then, but I wondered how much better they might be fresh off the tree.
The quick answer: A delight to eat, with excellent texture and vivid flavors.
I also have to praise Pristine's keeping qualities, since they were well worth eating in September, if not quite as good. Pristine may be the only early-season keeper there is.
As previously reported, these apples are on the small side of medium with moderate ribbing.
They are a green-tinted light yellow: the exact shade varies based on ripeness. Some, like the example shown, include a faint rosy orange blush.
|Pristine ca. 2009|
Initial pear flavor is followed by lemonade and green apple with a hint of banana. The medium-coarse light-yellow flesh is light and crisp (but not breaking) and juicy.
Pristine has considerable sweetness well balanced with tart, and ends with a pleasingly astringent finish.
The temptation to eat multiple Pristines at a single sitting is strong.
Pristine is a new variety from the Purdue, Rutgers & Indiana breeding program, if 20 years counts as new. It might be considered a worthy modern alternative to Yellow Transparent, which ripens at about the same time. In that office it is in my view superior to Lodi.
|Ghostly Yellow Transparent|
I am ready to play my part in that grand design.
Yellow transparent, by the way, can be quite good in its own way. It is trickier to grow, though, and you have to catch it just right and eat it right away.
A bit more on the virtues of a ripe Yellow T here.