Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sommerfeld *

On the smaller side of large, somewhat blocky with moderate ribbing, Sommerfeld sports a variegated streaky blush, dull red.

This completely covers the yellow peel, though on the shaded side the streaks grow sparser. You have to look twice to notice the many light lenticels dotting the mix.

The peel has a matt, almost rubbery, finish. Unbroken there is a sweet cidery aroma and a little give to the hand.

Sommerfeld's white flesh is coarse-grained, very juicy, and reasonably crisp. It bears delicate flavors: floral perfume, a little cider, and an initial sweetness, a little like passionfruit, that is very appealing.

There is also something reminiscent of an Asian pear. Finally, this apple leaves a faint savory aftertaste with an accent of B vitamins.

With its beyond-run-of-the-mill flavors, Sommerfeld strikes a pleasing balance with some original touches.

Update: The original patent holder, August Sommerfeld III, says this variety "is believed to be" a cross between Fuji and Gala, which certainly fits the flavor profile. (The patent has expired.)

Note: Thanks to Mike, below, for helping me to identify this apple. The grower pronounced this as "Summerfield," that that is how I originally took it. However, that originally prompted me to ask,

Several orchards grow this variety, but I am unable to learn anything about its origins. Can anyone share any more information about this apple?

Asked and answered, thank you very much!


  1. Replies
    1. Mike, I think you've got it! That fits the facts very well.

      Thank you!

    2. Well, I just happened to pick some Sommerfelds up at Specialty Produce this Sunday, having never heard of them before, so it was a nice coincidence to see this recently reviewed.


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