This cheerful yellow apple holds a surprise.
The surprise? The blond one is a sport of Gala, not the result of breeding. Gala is Blondee's sole parent.
Sports usually entail only minor differences form the parent variety, but I think Blondee goes beyond that.
It is truly its own variety, if not its own breed.
Gala is a red apple, but Blondee is entirely yellow or, if early, yellow tinged with green. Some samples have a small faint orange blush on the sun-kissed side.
My samples are large and modestly ribbed, with a slightly tapered shape and other characteristics similar to Gala's. Its flesh is juicy and coarse-grained, a very light yellow. It is sweet with little or no acidity.
Like Gala is it a mild, safe apple, but I find my Blondees to be less rich than my Gala memories. I searched in vain for any sign of the floral flavors I in some Galas. There's no hint in Blondee of its noble Cox's Orange Pippin heritage.
Blondee simply offers clean sweetness, with something a little gingery and a little melony.
The apple has an appealing texture and is good to eat. However it is squarely on the bland side of things. As early apples go, I find it inferior in both taste and texture to another yellow apple of summer, Gingergold.