Tuesday, October 25, 2016
This large glossy apple is apparently a bit fragile, showing many small dings and bruises despite being well packed for its trip from Minnesota.
Somewhat lopsided, Regent is round and a little conical. You really have to peer at it to find any ribbing at all.
Tan lenticels, mostly small, speckle the streaky red blush, which covers a glossy peel that runs from green yellow to a light spring green.
The apple has a faint sweet aroma. Regent's appearance makes me think of the Mac family and so I am hoping for a nice snappy crunch.
Biting in: Not bad! (But not a Honeycrisp-grade crunch either.) The crisp yellow flesh, more fine-grained than otherwise, does not shatter in your mouth but makes a nice retort, and is pretty juicy too.
There’s a hit of B-vitamin savory that is especially obvious on the first bite, and the peel is quite chewy and persists until the end, not in a good way.
In between is a well balanced bundle of fruity flavors: hints of plums and cherries, a bit of melon and, faintly, pineapple, and a nod towards floral. Sometimes the B-vitamins crop up mid bite, sometimes not.
Regent's flavors hang together well. The overall effect is well-balanced and easy to eat, with a laid-back crunch.
The University of Minnesota introduced Regent, a Red Duchess x Red Delicious cross, in the 1960s. It is rated as cold-hardy up to Zone 7.