Friday, October 23, 2020

Big Blue

Ruddy red apple, with some blemishes 

The doughty and dense Blue Pearmain is the apple of choice to power me through a 50-mile bike ride.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020


attractive red apple

Today's treat is a new variety from New York's fruit-breeding program at Cornell University.

Its handsome red blush, streaky, russet-blasted, and set off by distinctive light lenticel dots, is complex and pleasing. The underlying yellow, edged with green, shows through to degrees in some regions.

There are patches of russet in the recess around stem and calyx (which is closed).

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Pink Luster

Yellow apple with streaky pink blushThese apples are enormous. The smallest one in the bin (shown) is merely large.

Pink Luster, a new variety from Cornell, is conical and ribbed, a cheerful yellow with an uneven dark pink-fuschia blush.

It is tapered and prominently ribbed, has a thick stem in a deep stem well, and is decorated with small light lenticel dots.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Massachusetts Heritage Apples

Four fine looking heritage apples

Many fine old apples come into their own in October. 

Without planning to do so, I've been gorging on four varieties from my home state of Massachusetts.

These are, clockwise from upper left:

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Friday, October 9, 2020

Welcome to autumn!

It's apple season, welcome to Adam's Apples! If you are curious about this fruit you have come to the right place.

Here you can find more than 300 different varieties described in my opinionated catalog. If that's more than you can chew, you might visit my seasonal guide or my Michelin-style rating system for apples.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Autumn Crisp

Red apple with deep red streaksA funny thing happened when I retasted this apple: some flavors changed, and some harshness declined.

Before 2009, Autumn Crisp was still an experimental variety known as NY 674.

A local grower planted some and dubbed them "Early Jonagold." That nickname was how I first knew them in 2011.

Since then, the variety has gone mainstream under its marketing name, Autumn Crisp. I saw plenty of them in supermarkets this spring.

The apple I tasted in 2011, despite its virtues, could never be popular enough for that. So here is a revised review (fresh from a local orchard).

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Rattlin' Good

Three apples, orange-redThe rattle is back in Cox's.

Go ahead and shake this fall's haul of the exquisite Cox's Orange Pippin

Some rattle as the seeds inside the apple knock together.

The quality of this year's Cox's is also especially good.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Slim Pickins

Bins of apples with masked vendors
Farmers market in late September is still great. Compared to other years, though, there are fewer kinds of apples for sale there.

My photo shows an even dozen, raising the question, just how many do you need anyway?

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Stalking the Wily Cherry Twizzler

Spoiler: the cherry is there. Boy howdy, is it ever.

Large, ribbed, red-blushed apple with a blemish spot near the crown on one side.

Since I first tasted Sweet 16 in 2011, I have been searching in vain for its signature flavors, mainly an "in your face" cherry candy. Also, sometimes, almond and anise.

There was a little cherry in the one I tried in 2018, but nothing approaching the intensity and saturation, the unmistakable presence, of the twizzler candy that so many of my readers report. (Check out the comments on those older posts!)

I'm therefore especially pleased to say that my 2020 sample has all that and more.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Flower of Kent

Ribbed apple with reb blush partially over green
Heads up!

This apple, according to a charming story, is the same variety that conked Isaac Newton's noggin in 1666.

It might even be true.