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Apples! Red Apples! What is Your Favorite?

 
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I love giving out apples and I also love eating them, too. My favorite is and always has been red delicious apples.  I am going to have to eat one today!

On December 1, National Eat a Red Apple Day encourages everyone to eat a red apple. As the adage goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and today is a perfect time to put that theory to taste.

An apple is both delicious and nutritious. With over 7,500 varieties of apples and over 7.5% of the world’s production coming from the USA, apples are widely available.



https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-eat-a-red-apple-day-december-1/




What variety of red apples do you like best?


Here are some different varieties of red apples:

Fuji




Dazzle




Sugarbee




Has anyone tried any of these?  Which one did you like and why?

Here are some threads about apples that you might enjoy:

https://permies.com/t/30416/Monty-Surprise-extra-nutritious-apple

https://permies.com/t/147087/Honey-Crisp-Apple-Tree-Pacific

https://permies.com/t/142377/experience-apple-tree-varieties-Georgia

https://permies.com/wiki/98630/tasting-home-grown-Apple-varieties

https://permies.com/t/82784/Apple-varieties-thought-extinct-Eastern
 
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My favorite this year is fuji...our apple trees are too young to bear yet so we buy what ever is organic in the stores.  Most of the time it is galas and sometimes expensive honey crisp.

This year and last we have been ordering from Azure in Oregon.  
They have the most delicious huge fujis and really every apple I've tried from them has been just wonderful.
We've ordered 60# of 'juice apples' for each of the last two months.
It is an odd assortment of organic culls but we have been able to find the fujis in the mix

I'm dehydrating a lot of them and the refrigerator is overflowing with fresh.
We each eat several a day and take the dried ones on hikes....and the supply will soon dry up.

I used to love sour apples, the sourer the better...not as much anymore.  
Now my favorites are the ones with complex flavors and some sweetness.
 
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My go-to store-bought apples are Honeycrisp for eating, Grannysmith for baking.

Red Delicious is terrible. Terrible terrible.

However, I'm looking forward to trying the apples from my own trees, which are just reaching fruiting age, and I planted a variety of species to try.
 
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I am an apple fiend. I have always lived in apple country, all over the place, and apples are definitely my comfort food.
Here we can get Fujis and Galas (I prefer the Fujis); occasionally some green Granny Smith types, but not regularly, and then there are imported Red Delicious that are generally mealy.
When I travel I try to pick when I can. I think Spencer might be my favorite kind of apple ever, but I do love a nice Winesap, Mac or Crispin straight off the tree. It's hard for me to consider any apple bad.
 
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I've always liked Jonathans and Jonamacs as a versatile not-too-sweet apple.  For hand eating, Fuji and Pink Lady are really good.

We always picked Cortland at orchards growing up. I don't like these much for fresh eating (kinda mushy), but they make excellent applesauce and also do not brown as fast as most apples when cut.
 
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when i worked for a guy with a fairly big commercial orchard in vermont, i realized that there was a window for red delicious from when they were picked to where i  didn’t want to waste my time with them. i think it was about 10 days. my favorites from those days were probably honeycrisp, macoun, and mutzu/crispin, haralson, and jonagold if it wasn’t too late in the season....for eating, and northern spy and fortune for baking. so good!

when i can get them at farmers markets these days, i’ll almost always go for one of the russet varieties - ashmead’s kernel, golden russet, crown russet, etc. such nice blends of sugars, acids, and tannins!

these days, in the stores, i mostly go after fuji’s and sometimes braeburn or pink lady. i like honeycrisps, but i don’t think they’re worth the extra dollar or two per pound on the pricetag.

there’s a few good wild/seedling trees around here that i really like too, some of which have been grafted and are growing as new trees at my place!
 
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Pink Lady or Cripps Pink are pretty tasty, Honey Crisps are good Granny Smiths for dehydrating and baking.  I remember trying a pollinator at a Yakima orchard, he called it a banana apple that was just used as a pollinator because it didn't ship well, but as I recall it was good and crisp
 
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Honeycrisp was my favorite >5 years ago, but something happened, they're not perfect any more.  I suspect the pollination got screwed up somewhere.  Or diluted or something.

I then moved on to Pink Lady, still pretty good, but again, wonderful 5 years ago.

My current favorite, is Sweet Tango.

Conversely, Red Delicious?  DELICIOUS?  Anything but.  It's marketing.

 
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My neighbour has a Golden Delicious which is truly wonderful straight off the tree, despite me never liking them from the store.  We got several big bags off her this year and those we saved for eating got slightly less delicious every day;  after about three weeks they were comparable to storebought ones:  kind of dry and mealy.  I wonder if Red Delicious has the same problem?

My best red apple is one I grow myself:  Sparta.  In a good sunny year they turn almost purple, with startlingly white flesh.
 
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I like different varieties for different purposes, but generally, my favorite apple is one I grow myself!
 
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i have to say my favourite apple comes from a tree which sees yearly applications of seaweed at its toes. Not a bought thing. this has been harvested from the ocean by the owner. Piled up about 2 feet in diameter
The tree itself is Mutsu/Mutzu. Yum.
 
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