About – Golden Delicious cross with a Cox’s Orange Pippin and Cortland hybrid. Relatively new apple, released in the Mid 1990s by Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Shape – Golden Delicious like, fatter on top, tapered and rounded bottom.
Skin – Red flushes over a green background, some yellowing. Chewy skin.
Flesh – Starchy, medium density, juicy enough to deliver the interesting flavors.
Taste – Very acidic if eaten too soon. Almost a tropical pinapple flavor mixed with fruit punch juice. Maybe some slightly unripe banana flavor. Not really intense for me. I like cold specimens more than warm.
Bottom line: Let me put this in bold: Not to be eaten before January 1st. I think this apple gets a bad rap, because the general public will see an apple turning a flush of red, pick it, and expect it to be good off the tree. This isnt one of those apples. “Battery Acid” may be the best way to describe this one fresh. So acidic that even those who enjoy tart apples probably wont enjoy it due to the odd unripe flavors.
Taste specimen stored 15 weeks.
Variety Note: We had a long growing season here, and I picked these pretty late. Most of them, even the ones basking in the sun at the top of the tree, were mostly green. Even now after storage the flesh is hinted green. I would definitely consider this one if you have a long growing season and your site has a lot of sun. They seem to do well in heat. Size varies greatly based on irrigation, wet summer last year, I picked these at Samascott Orchard and they were bigger than my fist in October. This year, dry, hot summer, I picked these at Bowman Orchard, and they’re the size of my palm. No flavor difference.
Fresh eating rating: 6/10 – Great for storage, great snacker, good flavors when stored, crunchy, juicy, a little starchy in consistency. Recommended for long growing seasons and hot sites. Might not be optimal here in 5a – NY. If you give this apple to someone who wants “an apple that tastes like an apple”. They’ll love it. Very refreshing. Why only a 6? It doesnt blow me away, its just a solid selection for a keeper.
Culinary rating: Unrated, not used for cooking yet. I’d think it would be average.