Saturday, October 17, 2009

Liberty **

This medium-sized apple has a splotchy, streaky blush that is quite a deep purplish red in places; the unblushed skin is a light yellow-green. It is slightly ribbed.

The lenticels are tiny, sparse, white, and insignificant, and there is a good deal of harmless flyspeck, perhaps because this apple grew on an organic farm.

The apple has a sweet vinous smell mixed with cider.

Liberty's flesh is wonderfully crisp, a fine-grained white tinged with creamy yellow. Its flavor is similarly light and crisp, with a good balance of sweet and tart but distinct citrus notes, like melon with lemon. There is a little bit of a vinous quality, and some depth, though nothing like a McIntosh or Macoun. Liberty is a very refreshing and enjoyable apple.

Liberty was bred by that apple powerhouse, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, from Macoun and a noncommercial variety. This variety resists disease, making it a good choice for an organic farm, but its lively flavor commends it at least as much as its vitality.

More on Liberty from its breeders here.

6 comments:

  1. Another off-topic comment, but I thought you might enjoy this:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8305211.stm

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  2. Love Liberty apples. Discovered them at Russell Orchards in Ipswich.

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    1. Russell is great! Have you read The orchard?

      Liberty shows up at farmers market sometimes.

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  3. Hi Adam, thanks for your blog that is quite a reference for many. The Liberty apple benefits greatly from maturing 2 weeks in the cold, the vinous note comes to the fore and at that time. Eating Liberty is a wonderful experience for me. It's a full, round taste that blends perfectly.

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  4. Hi, Jakim here from the south shore of Montreal. I've just read the comment added on july 14 and that is exactly what I think about Liberty, so the emphasis is really to put some aside in the fridge. Full, round taste, cidery and vinous, perfect balance of sweet and tart. That apple is my best up to now. I must say that I haven't tasted Macoun yet. We don't have any up here.Guess I'll have to pay a visit to my southern neighbors!

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    1. Bonjour Jakim, I will have to try putting some of these aside for a few weeks! I am a little surprised that there are no Macouns in Montreal--get some if ever you can!

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