Thursday, September 7, 2023

Apple tasting - Early September 2023

The most unexpected thing in my one year old orchard is that I’m harvesting more apples than apricots, peaches and nectarines this year. The trees were planted last year,  and by now, the stone fruit trees are larger than the apple trees.

This post describes the apples I tasted on September 7, 2023. 

Cinnamon Spice 

A lot of glassy patches, excellent flavor, sweet with some acidity, the flesh is crunchy and juicy. 


This one doesn’t seem to be fully ripe now. I don’t expect it to be the real Opal. Someone sent me material from an old tree that made fruits similar to Opal. 

Jack London 

Dense and juicy, seems to be a winter apple. Sweet with little acidity. Not an intense but agreeable flavor. Seems it needs more time on the tree. This apple used to grow at the Jack London Ranch in Glen Ellen. It was a very large and old tree. The tree died a few year ago. I might be the only one who has this material. It might be a known apple cultivar, or a seedling. 

King David?

Sweet with little acidity dense but almost overripe at this point. Good flavor but not sure if this is the real King David as the fruit is light in color.

Ashmead’s Kernel

Very dense flesh, juicy, intense flavor including some quince notes, sweet with some acidity 

Brushy Mountain Limbertwig

Dense and crunchy and juicy. Good flavor but might need more time on the tree

Hudson’s Golden Gem

Lots of glassy patches , crunchy and juicy, excellent flavor with loquat notes, sweet with some acidity 

Pink Parfait

Needs more time on the tree

Faux Wyken Pippin

Apparently, my Wyken Pippin is not the real one. The description of the real one can be found at

The flesh of my faux Wyken is juicy, sweet with little acidity. Very good flavor, but may need another week or two on the tree.

Korean Giant Asian pear 

A good quality Asian pear. Structured and juicy, very sweet.

The earlier apple tastings are under these links:

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Cuttings sale in June of 2024

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