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O.D. - Posted - 10/28/2023:  20:11:11


It's apple picking time here in the lower Hudson Valley.
Many urbanites are up enjoying the many orchards and farms and other attractions in the area.

My son scored 2 50lb bags of Honey Crisp apples in exchange for some tractor work at a near by orchard. Very tasty apples.
For those of you who enjoy apples which variety is your favorite?
I'm partial to red delicious and honey crisp
How about you?

Everett

chuckv97 - Posted - 10/28/2023:  20:24:22


I used to love Red Delicious but they don’t seem to taste anything like the ones I remember as a kid. Now I just buy whatever’s on sale,, often it’s the Gala’s

Owen - Posted - 10/28/2023:  21:15:46


MacIntosh, if I could only pick one [unintentional pun], but undoubtedly many of the newer varieties have some good characteristics, and I've been told that variety is the spice of life.  Like Chuck, we generally get something on sale. 



[And the only lettuce we need is ICEBERG!!!   cheeky ] 


Edited by - Owen on 10/28/2023 21:16:31

Texican65 - Posted - 10/29/2023:  01:25:27


Pink Ladies are hard to beat! But…I think my favorite is an Opal apple.

slammer - Posted - 10/29/2023:  03:11:23


Snow Apples are my favorite but can’t find them anymore. Used to get them from an orchard owner when I was younger and he retired and the orchard went to hell and now used to sell Deer apples at gas stations. I don’t eat many and if I get a bad apple or a mealy one, I won’t eat then for a year or two.
Slammer

Texasbanjo - Posted - 10/29/2023:  04:49:06


Unfortunately, I have to purchase my apples from a store as there aren't any apple orchards in the dessert (G).

My favorite is the Fugi. It's crisp, sweet and tart.

rinemb - Posted - 10/29/2023:  05:09:27


Most apples we buy anymore suck! Or at best very hit and miss. Poor flavor, poor texture. We were fortunate, some years back, to be in the Carolinas during apple pickin time. We thought we had gone to heaven! And, we discovered honeycrisp. But in our stores nowadays even those are bland. ??
That said, I recently bought galas for my “apple dapple” cake, and they were a flavorful, well textured apple. We will buy more for caramel dipping.

Brad

5B-Ranch - Posted - 10/29/2023:  08:41:12


I prefer red delicious if they are not picked to soon.

Sheenjack - Posted - 10/29/2023:  12:47:37


ENVY.  A recent addition to my favorite foods list. Very sweet, crisp, firm, juicy and not at all tart.  Ambrosia's are in second place.  The  grocery stores  in my region are glutted right now with last seasons apples. Blah! The food corps are trying to dump last years stocks before they begin shipping fresh  goods. Same thing with nuts by mail order direct from the growers.  Last years nuts and rancid.



 



 



Same thing with 

bubbalouie - Posted - 10/29/2023:  15:19:45


We try all the varieties available here in Apple country British Columbia in the fall. The best you can find in the stores might be a 5 on the scale of 10. You have to go to a farm stand at an orchard to get the good ones.



A friends uncle from England just barely got settled in in Victoria until he was on a quest for B,C. fruit! Came back empty handed! He said he got better B.C. fruit back home! Same with seafood! It's all shipped out for the big bucks!



Halibut is $42.64 per pound here ! Apples a buck each if you'll pay it.

Cornflake - Posted - 10/29/2023:  19:12:31


WE planted a golden delicious tree 30 years ago. It's quite big now. I baby that tree, spending many hours in it's branches pruning, thinning and picking. In return it gives us 300 or more baseball-size apples. I will eat three apples a day from that tree until February 

O.D. - Posted - 10/29/2023:  19:30:12


I have to try some of the other varieties mentioned in this thread.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

Everett

BanjoLink - Posted - 10/30/2023:  09:24:20


Most of the store bought apples now are hit and miss ...... mostly miss. Honey Crisp are good but a lot more expensive than others that I like better. Sky Top Orchards, in Flat Rock, NC (near Hendersonville), about a half hour from us is a great place to visit and buy apples. Last year we bought several varieties and also some Asian Pears (not sure if they are grown there), but they are delicious!

rinemb - Posted - 10/30/2023:  09:42:33


quote:

Originally posted by Cornflake

WE planted a golden delicious tree 30 years ago. It's quite big now. I baby that tree, spending many hours in it's branches pruning, thinning and picking. In return it gives us 300 or more baseball-size apples. I will eat three apples a day from that tree until February 






I am envious, for sure.  We had a giant old pear tree in the back when we bought the house in 1977.  I never really gave up good eating pears, but we made some decent jelly/jam with the pears,  and in my time on my great uncles farm learned to make wine with the peels. 

Cornflake - Posted - 10/30/2023:  19:10:31


I planted a pear tree four years ago and had given up on it…until this fall when suddenly it produced delicious sweet pears for the first time. I’m going to plant another.

doryman - Posted - 10/30/2023:  19:32:09


quote:

Originally posted by chuckv97

I used to love Red Delicious but they don’t seem to taste anything like the ones I remember as a kid. Now I just buy whatever’s on sale,, often it’s the Gala’s






Red Delicious get a bad rap these days, that's for sure.  A friend of mine has an old red delicious apple tree.  It produces a prolific amount of small apples and, from the tree, they are quite good.  I like that they are smaller.  There was a trend for a while, now slowing down fortunately, to grow and sell giant apples. I don't want to eat an apple the size of cantaloupe.  It's too much! 


Edited by - doryman on 10/30/2023 19:32:35

chuckv97 - Posted - 10/30/2023:  19:48:25


Mac Wiseman used to say the Shenandoah Valley grew great apples

TN Time - Posted - 10/30/2023:  20:50:56


Gala

Robert

techno-wizard - Posted - 10/31/2023:  06:37:39


No apple crop in northern New England this year due to a hard frost in late May. Bummer.

rinemb - Posted - 10/31/2023:  14:37:03


How about a roll poll…
When do apples ripen in your region? What varieties in your area?

(I.D., I hope this ask is not a topic hijack. If so, my bad.)

heavy5 - Posted - 11/01/2023:  07:48:20


There seem to be so many kinds these days , it's enjoyable to try new ones ,

Wife likes spies (sp) for pies .  Good memories taking the kids to the many orchards yrs ago !


Edited by - heavy5 on 11/01/2023 07:52:23

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