Monday, November 7, 2016
Today's handsome apple blushes a deep rich crimson accented with purple and decorated with many tan lenticels. The color seems solid and saturated at first glance but upon closer inspection resolves into streaky bands.
The color is more attenuated on the reverse side but even there covers 100% of the peel, which appears to be a green yellow.
I have three Winecrisps of varying sizes, round and slightly ribbed. A faint smokey bloom cuts the visual volume a notch, but vigorous rubbing reveals a naturally glossy peel. The stem well has the usual russet star.
The apple is rock hard and dense and has a sweet grassy smell. I can't wait to bite in.
The yellow flesh of this hard apple is crisp and on the fine-grained side, but holds a healthy amount of juice. It has a satisfying breaking crunch, not for the faint of tooth. Flavors are rich with a good measure of both sweet and tart. Cider, a hint of lemonade and oranges, some spice.
The great crunch and bold flavors, to say nothing of good looks, are a winning combination,
A late-ripening variety from the Perdue-Rutgers-Illinois coop, Winecrisp has a reputation as a good keeper. Its complicated pedegree includes Jonathan (on both sides), a Siberian crabapple (for disease resistance), and Cox's Orange Pippin.