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What is your favorite variety of apple to eat?

Discussion in 'Food and Drink' started by mr drinky, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. mr drinky

    mr drinky Founding Member Gold Contributor

    I am not talking about baking apples or what is best for cooking this and that -- just the plain old chomp-on-it type of apple. I grew up not liking apples, but that was because we only had those nasty Red Delicious that thankfully are disappearing.

    This last weekend, though, I went to the St. Paul Farmers' Market and bought a 1/4 peck of Connell Red apples. I had never had them before. The Connell (from what I read) is a naturally occurring variation of the Fireside apple. Anyhow, it was incredibly good. Crisp, sweet, bursting with juice and flavor. I also like Zestar and for the rest of the year when Minnesota apples are out of season, I eat Fuji.

    Of course, different areas have different apples, but since tasting that Connell, I am now wondering about amazing apples in other places.

  2. Rick

    Rick aka Pensacola Tiger Founding Member Gold Contributor

  3. I grew up eating Macs, Crispins and Spencers. (some people call Crispin apples Mutsu). Macs are easy to grow and very popular here in Massachusetts. We have a bunch on our property, in various states, most not performing. We topped and budded some Macouns, by far my favorite apple. Host trees were old, so a long shot, but you never know.
  4. zwiefel

    zwiefel Rest in peace brother

    I'm with Rick: honey crisp by a mile...then Granny Smith....then I pick a different fruit.
  5. Wagner the Wehrwolf

    Wagner the Wehrwolf Founding Member

    Honeycrisp or nothing, I used to order them online before my grocery started carrying them.
  6. butch

    butch Founding Member

    smokehouse are good as are a few others i like the sharper greener tasting apples and they had better be crisp flesh. i live in apple country so when i go to pick or buy i have 12 or more types to pick from
  7. Lucretia

    Lucretia Founding Member

    Honeycrisps and Pink Ladies. Apple season is just getting into full swing here. It's WONDERFUL!

    And a Granny Smith isn't bad in a pinch.
  8. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    Honeycrisp here as well. Just an amazing apple. To bad all the good apples are expensive. $2.99 per pound is normal for the good ones at Publix.

    Braeburn is also very good IMO.
  9. bieniek

    bieniek Founding Member

    pomme de Reinette.
  10. apicius9

    apicius9 Founding Member

    Cool, thanks, something I gotta explore more. We have a couple of trees on our family property that taste terrible but make excellent cider - no idea what type they are.

  11. apathetic

    apathetic Founding Member

    These days, I buy mainly pink ladies
  12. mr drinky

    mr drinky Founding Member Gold Contributor

    A lot of Honeycrisp love. That is actually the only Minnesota variety sold outside of the immediate state area. It might be because the patent ran out on it in 2008. Anyhow the Zestar apple that I mentioned is a variant on the Honeycrisp. That's my Honeycrisp representative in the fruit bowl right now.

  13. Chuckles

    Chuckles Founding Member

    I'm gonna have to check out this Connell business.

    I can't imagine an apple being better than a honey crisp. But if it is even in the same ballpark I will be thrilled.
  14. bieniek

    bieniek Founding Member

    pomme de Reinette.

    You can
  15. mr drinky

    mr drinky Founding Member Gold Contributor

    I got a bag of honeycrisps at the Maple Grove Farmers' Market today and they were amazing. Regarding the Connell reds, I have subsequently figured out that they can be a bit inconsistent, and they say that smaller apples aren't good at all. So some apples are extremely good, and others not so good. In my batch of Connell Reds, about half were super sweet and in the same ballpark as my honeycrisps, and about half were more mediocre.

  16. apicius9

    apicius9 Founding Member

    Oh man, so many different ones. Out here we get ed or green apples... Well, Braeburn, Fuji, and a few more common ones, but I have never seen Honeycrisp, Connell, Pink Lady etc. And as for the price, $2.99 per pound is when they are on a special sale...

  17. Green apples all the way ... Red apples let you down. You can always trust a green apple :)
  18. daveb

    daveb Founding Member

    A good honeycrisp is a wonderful thing. Did not know they originated in MN. I have some from NJ right now that are good. Late season they seem to come from WA - and are almost tasteless. Will begin looking for Zestar, Cornell.
  19. Honey crisp all the way almost had a stroke when I say them for sale at my local Walmart. Haven't had to go that route yet I get them brought on from a farmer at work.
  20. cclin

    cclin Founding Member

    Fuji apples are my favorite. choose fuji apples have bright yellow with red streaking in color for best taste! They have more aroma, juice and sweeter than red color or green with red color fuji apple.

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