Weather-wise, Autumn is my favourite time of the year. Early Autumn, the days bud a little chilly and bloom into clear sunny blue-skies. Happy, cheerful March days full of promise.
Fruit-wise, it is a little sad to say goodbye to the delicious stone-fruit season. Late peaches are harder to find and plums are getting more scarce. The upside is new season apples flooding the markets.
Early apples are available as early as Early Summer – I planted an early variety called Early Strawberry for several reasons. I liked the name (along with the Winter Banana & Kentish Filibasket) and I liked that is that it brings the Apple season forward into summer. My little tree had three wee apples on it this year that would have been ready in December (that’s June for the other side of the world that celebrates the seasons topsy-turvy to us here in NZ). Two were discarded to help the tree develop, the other was forgotten and became wind-fall.
In March, apple availability really kicks into gear. New trade-marked varieties hit the shelves. This year I happened upon a strange elongated apple named Genesis. Forgive the bruise, I accidentally dropped the apple on the hard wooden floor whilst transferring it from the shopping bag to the bench.
There are many that deride modern apples as being all about size, shape and colour. Commercially produced apples cannot be compared with home-grown, tree-ripened apples – they are a different product. Not everyone is lucky enough to have 6 or 7 apple trees in their back yard, nor a pip-fruit orchard near by. I figure eating store-bought apples is better than eating over processed snack food. If these “new” commercially grown apples encourage more apple-eating then it can only be a good idea.
I examined, smelt & tasted the Genesis apple before I looked up the heritage, in case tasting notes influenced my opinions. The apple cut with a satisfying crunch, however most new season apples should have this crunch. The flesh was a lovely creamy-white colour. The apple itself, on first bite, had a mild but lovely flavour. Slowly consuming the apple, it became more about the crunch and juiciness.
I’d buy this apple again but only if my favourites: Braeburn, Fuji or Mahana Red were not available. The Yummy Fruit Company, who have the trademark for this variety, advise the Genesis is a Braeburn/Royal Gala cross. Interestingly enough, there are other Braeburn/Royal Gala cross varieties available: Enza Envy & Enza Jazz (although there is conflicting information as to whether the Jazz is a Royal Gala or a Gala cross with Braeburn).