Red Delicious, Cortland, Melrose, Paula Red, Jonathan, McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Zestar, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Gala, Jonagold. These are my ranking of apples that we sold this fall from my personal least to greatest liking. I’m sure some of you are surprised that Cortland is low, Jonagold is at the top, or that Honeycrisp is third, but what’s even more surprising is that my favorite apple isn’t even what we sold. Why is that? Because it’s a Club variety.
Ever hear of a Club apple variety? If not don’t worry, you’re not alone. I didn’t know about them until about a year ago. What is it you may be wondering? A Club variety is an apple variety that is exclusive to members of an organization or an area. For example, Ambrosia apples are only allowed to be grown in Canada, and the SweeTango apple is grown by less than 100 farms in the US. There are ups and downs to releasing varieties this way, but that’s a conversation for another time. I’m currently a member of the Midwest Apple Improvement Association (MAIA) which is a club that is devoted to breeding apples suited to our cold weather but still taste delicious like a Honeycrisp.
So what about my favorite variety? It’s an EverCrisp.
For those of you who know what I’m talking about you’re very lucky to get to taste such a beauty. EverCrisp apples were released by the MAIA a few years ago and they’re just now bearing large yields. I have 200 trees of EverCrisp arriving in April and I’ve placed my order for their 2 newest releases set for spring of 2019. All three of these varieties are different variants of the Honeycrisp x Fuji cross and if the new ones are half as good as the EverCrisp, then we’re in for a treat. New apple varieties are exciting to say the least. While I do enjoy a classic Golden Delicious or how fun it is to observe the perfect fruit of a Red Delicious, these new varieties are set to take the apple market by storm and change apple eating from a snack to an experience. Don’t worry though, the old ones are here to stay but if you love Honeycrisp believe it or not there’s better apples on the way. If you’ve never had a Club apple don’t worry, they’re coming.
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