This big, primarily dark red beauty is juicy, firm, and pleasant in flavor. Opalescent was introduced in 1880.
This very handsome apple is large and well-formed, with a blush that runs from deep red (with small light spots) to streaky over yellow-green. It is ribbed with a deep stem well.
The flesh is light yellow-green and very dense--Opalescent is hefty. That and its size make it hard to carve out the first few bites.
Not super juicy but flavorful: mildly tart and sweet, with faint lilac and other floral notes and something that is almost like pineapple and sugar. It is quite fine and satisfying, and it's got a great crunch, with a faint lingering astringency
It is marvelous to taste the flavors of a century ago. I wish I'd scored a few more of these beauties when I had the chance.