6 New Apple Varieties

New varieties of apples are hitting the market all the time.  Last year's growing season had a great crop (sorry) of new varieties which I look forward to seeing more of in the 2011 season.


Aurora
I am IN LOVE with these apples.  They don't ship well, apparently.  At least, judging by the bruised and somewhat mangled condition of the ones I have bought so far.  And the two I bought last week had a somewhat mealy texture. 

But the taste is absolutely wonderful.  It tastes like a Fuji without the tartness - just the wonderful almost perfume-like flavor, and a nice mellow sweetness.

It's a very pretty apple, too, as you can see from the picture above!  Yellow with greenish overtones.

Ambrosia
I tried one of these and was wholly unimpressed.  Maybe I got a bad batch.  It happens.  The one I tried was blandly and overly sweet, with no real depth of flavor.  Wikipedia says it has a "flavor reminiscent of pear" which is kind of the same thing I just said, but more polite.

Honeycrisp
This is the big hot red carpet star right now.  I had some pretty great Honeycrisp apples last year, but I also had some pretty crappy ones.  I suspect the huge popularity of this variety has led some growers to push Honeycrisps to market that don't deserve to be there.

At its best, this is what an apple should be like: tart and sweet and crisp and mild.  At its worst it's basically a big greenish-yellow Delicious.  (I have learned that the bigger the Honeycrisp, the worse the eating.)

Jazz
Jazz has become one of my go-to apples this year.  I have watched a lot of people pass it up at the store, which is a shame.  It's true that it doesn't look as pretty as some of the other varieties - its color tends to be dull; its size, smallish.  It often looks blotchy with red and yellow (although if you ask me, that's a feature, not a bug).

The Jazz is a cross between Galas and Braeburn.  It's what Gala apples were like, before popularity killed them.  It's tart and crisp, and I can attest that it makes a darned fine pie.  If you find yourself lamenting the state of Galas today, try a Jazz!

Opal
I've read great reviews of this apple, but I haven't tracked one down yet.  I have to admit I'm skeptically snobby about this one.  It's a Golden Delicious cross; how great could it be, really?  (I'm just bitter after a childhood of being force-fed Delicious apples.)

Pacific Rose
This is the other go-to everyday apple I have been buying.  I look over the Jazz and Pacific Rose, and just pick the ones which look best at the store.  If the Jazz is the new Gala, then Pacific Rose is the new Fuji.

Visually, I think Pacific Rose is one of the prettier apples on the market, with its lovely dark red color with matte pink blush.

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Adam

Erica, far be it from me to discourage a fellow apple lover. 

 

But you are using a photograph I took (1) without giving me credit, (2) without my permission, and (3) incorrectly--to depict apple varieties (in this and other posts) other than that shown. 

 

I note that some of this seems to be in violation of the terms of use for this web site.

 

I am sure you will want to fix this.

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Hi Adam, thanks for your note. I'm really sorry about that!

This article should only have been posted with the single picture which you can see on it now. (I took this picture.) The only thing I can think is that I may have posted an earlier draft of the article with a bunch of pictures as placeholders.

We do take image attribution and copyright very seriously. I apologize for the oversight!

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Adam

Sometimes I wish I lived in the PNW. You all get such interesting new varieties.--Adam's Apples.

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Allen

I just picked up a bag of Autumn Gold apples at the farmer's market in Wenatchee, WA, the "Apple Capital of the World." The woman at the both said it's a new variety this year, a cross betweek Fuji's and Golden Delicious. It was wonderful, sweet and crisp, as close to a perfect apple as I've had in a while.

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Anonymous

FYI, your two "go-to" varieties are descendents of Golden Delicious, which you count as a disadvantage for Opal.  Golden Delicious is entirely unrelated to Delicous and Red Delicious.  Red Delicious is a sport (mutation) of Delicious (now sometime refered to as Heritage Delicious) that looks nice on a shelf but apparently does not taste nearly as good as it progenitor.  You should let Delicious and Golden Delicious stand on their own merits rather than judge them by their similarity in name to a variety you don't like.

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applejake

I received 10 different varieties of apples for Christmas. Its a thing my brother and I do....one was the opal, great color, crisp, and tinge of after taste that leaves one wanting some more. It definitely needs to be tried. Probably will not displace the honeycrisp at the top of my list. Does not readily oxidate when cut. It survived the trip from California to Oregon and stayed crisp. I also agree with the assessment of honeycrisp

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applejake

I agree with the assessment of honeycrisp in regard to size/flavor. The larger ones were never meant to be that size. With cell mitosis gone rampant, the phenols change and the subacid/ sugar balance is thrown out of whack. Flavor may be initially apparent but disappears the closer to the core you get. Buy the smaller honeycrisp from a local orchard and you will get an apple that wasn't picked too soon for commercial purposes or stored too long in a refrigeration unit. 

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applejake

Jazz and Envy are two apples that originated out of  the Enzo marketing conglomerate in New Zealand. Both are excellent eating apples, sweet, juicey, and crisp with admirable coloration. I have seen the jazz and tasted it.  It is also grown in the NW in Washington. The Envy is the newer one. Both give honeycrisp a run for its money. Honeycrisp came out of the University of Minnesota, and has been adopted as the state fruit. It recently was crossed with Zestar, I think, to create another super apple with great eating capability called Sweetango.

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applejake

Golden delicious are not related to red delicious. The original tree was found in West Virginia and later marketed by Stark Bros. successfully. An Italian genome project discovered that golden delicious have the highest genetic count of any apple they tested. Its a good apple to use for a cross,being self pollinating as well. I believe it is part of the parentage for the Fuji and rates highly as a pie apple as well. I have 2 trees of golden delicious that I value highly for eating and pies.

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