Monday, October 18, 2021

Seasonal greetings

A broad, red apple with a smokey bloom and some mustard-colored russet

I love this time of year.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Mountain Rose

Green ap[;ewth a small pink lush and a leaf folded across the top

Hype about Mountain Rose has become a cloud of uncertainty about these apples. Are they the same as Airlie Redflesh, aka Hidden Rose?

The stroke of a knife will help shed light on that.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Still good


A striped orange-red apple with a crown of leaves
Cox's Orange Pippin casts its leafy shadow in October's sun
We've had an unusually wet growing season this year, and the apples have soaked up the water and grown fat.

A juicy apple is nice, but not every variety benefits qualitatively from this aqueous bounty.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

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.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Goodby, Macoun. Hello, King David?

A ribbed Macoun appleA dark red King David apple

Macoun, the queen of vinous apples, is just not 100% if grown in Virginia.

King David, apple of the South, does not reach its peak here in New England.

I shall miss Macoun.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Priscilla apples second bite

Two red apples of different size

In my review of this apple ten years ago, I hoped to revisit Priscilla once better samples came my way.

These are a few weeks earlier and better, one a squat medium and the other quite large and a bit tapered.

They have a little ribbing and a lovely deep red blush, streaky in spots, over yellow, attractively freckled with tiny light lenticel dots.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Rubens (Civni) (Red Rubens)

Tapered apple with partial orange-red blush

My samples are large tapered apples with a variable orange-red blush.

Probably, these Rubenses are well-colored sports, hence the "red." If so, I imagine the blush is weaker on plain old regular Rubens. 

Thursday, September 23, 2021


Small apple with distinct red and orange-gold regions on the peel

There is not really anything new to say about the wonderful Chestnut Crabapple that I have not said before.

I just grabbed this one at farmer's market yesterday because it is so darned pretty.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

September trove

Six varieties of apples, 17 in all, arranged in three groups on a rustic wooden step

Last Sunday, irregularly observed in these parts as Talk Like A Pirate Day, I went a little nuts buying apples.

Saturday, September 18, 2021


Large orange-red apple, broad and tapered

Today the wholesale-retail apple system has coughed up a brand new variety bearing a contender for Most Fwow Up Name of All Time.

But let's not hold that against the apple, which had no role in the marketing brainstorming or trademark registration that produced the name. That is all on us human beans.

HunnyZ is large and  moderately ribbed, broad and a little tapered, with an orange-red blush over light green yellow. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021


Got these two truly great apples at farmers market on Wednesday.

To be specific, there's McIntosh, the tart, balanced king of autumn in these parts. A steal at $2.50/lb.

Next to it is the Chestnut Crabapple, a little wonder that is not to be missed. Proudly marked "Heirloom," it went for $4.00/lb. (!).

So, what makes it an "heirloom"?