About – Northern Spy x Golden Delicious, developed in the 1960s at Cornell’s Geneva Experimentation Station. Roger Way’s top apple according to his list.
Shape – Fairly round, slightly larger on top. Medium to Large apple.
Skin – Mostly red with yellow flushes when ripe, yellow is green when not ripe. Russet on top, small amount, but consistent across specimens.
Flesh – Yellow fleshed apple in general, oxidizes quickly. Pretty juicy, similar to a well ripened golden delicious. Crunchy enough to deliver some snap, crumbles. Pretty dense.
Taste – Rushes of sweet, light tartness, tastes of almost pineapple essence. In a few samples I had, a few bites tasted of watermelon freeze pops. Some spiciness going on here from the spy. A lot of taste subtleties here, but the sweetness from the Golden Delicious prevails with some depth of flavor from the Northern Spy.
This apple just seems to get better and better with age in storage. Its been in a 32 degree chest freezer for 8 weeks now. Odd, gangling growing habit. The tree is not pretty. Quite a few people say this apple is tricky to time in terms of peak flavor, but for me, over the past 3 weeks these have been wonderful. Not really good off the tree, but a delight in storage.
Fresh eating rating: 7/10 – Does a lot of things very well, great consistency between specimens and stores well. Flavors are a delight and doesnt overpower the senses. This will be a “bottom of the freezer” storage apple for me in the future. I would call this apple above average, but a delight to eat.
Culinary rating: 6/10 – We’ve had these in a pie with others as well as a crisp. They werent easily discernible from Jonagolds after being cooked. They werent the star of the baked goods we made, but they were a soft sweet chunk that delivered a lot of flavor.