There is a charming antique Russian apple called Yellow Transparent, also called White Transparent, of surprising sophistication if you get good ones.
That's challenging as this early August variety is at peak for about 45 minutes.
Almost nobody grows it these days, which is a shame, but there are two modern varieties that sort of fill the same niche.
"Almost" because one of them, Lodi, is really never good, though it is often the first local apple of the year around here and is worth eating for that alone.
The other, Pristine, ripens a little later and is one of my favorite early apples, though it is not very much like Yellow Transparent.
Lodi (rhymes with "show pie") is a Yellow Transparent cross with an apple called Montgomery Sweet. It is an early product of the New York state breeding program in Geneva, New York, the same folks who brought us Macoun and Cortland.
Like Cortland, Lodi is named for a town in the Empire State. The Town of Lodi is located in the Finger Lakes region of that state, not far from Geneva.
Pristine, a more-recent product of the Purdue-Rutgers-Indiana breeding co-op, has little or no Yellow Transparent in its family tree.
Nonetheless it it is an excellent choice in early August, crisp and balanced. Also Pristine stays good for a lot longer than the brief candle of Yellow T's life.
I came to the conclusion that Lodi, though often first, never reaches a fully peak moment. It is either too early, with acid spongy flesh and white pips, or overripe and mealy.
If you snag the Transparent at the right moment, it is quite fine indeed.
See also a comparison of Lodi vs Transparent, which are often confused. Also a Lodi vs Pristine contest, the former a bit overripe and the latter under.
The Pristines I got on Wednesday are very worth eating despite being not fully ripe. I celebrate my first local apple of the year.