Apples we are eating: Rockit


Snooping around the crates of apples in the Supermarket to find something inspiring my eye passed over a stack of tubes with teeny-tiny apples in them.  I have seen these apple tubes in the past but never really paid much attention.  I assumed they were little apples of some sort – perhaps gala’s or something similar. Continue reading

Apples we are eating: Fuji

Fuji Apple
Fuji apples are not the prettiest apples around – they’re not ugly like the lumpy mishapen Calville Blanc d’Hiver but more of a plain Jane type of apple.  The skin is dull and they’re a nondescript apple colour.  But as the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover – these apples are much more than their outward appearance.

The Fuji is the offspring of the Red Delicious and a Rall’s Janet – both American apples. Red Delicious are fairly common here in New Zealand but Rall’s Jenet seems to be an American only variety.  The Orange Pippin Tree Register has only 4 trees, all of which are in the United States.  The Rall’s Janet goes by at least 30 other names and alternative spellings and a search under each of these names could well turn up a wider spread of this apple variety.  However, this post is all about the Fuji not one of its parents.  Before leaving the Rall’s Janet, a quick look at the Orange Pippin images shows that the Fuji get’s its looks from the RJ rather than the RD (a red delicious is quite a handsome apple). Continue reading

Apples I am eating: Jonagold


I was a little anxious about trying a Jonagold apple.  I had boldly proclaimed the Mahana Red to be the best tasting apple ever (well, that I have ever tasted anyhow).  My dad’s cousin promptly challenged my claim, saying the Jonagold was better.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I hadn’t tasted a Jonagold so I was in the dark.  My anxiety was caused by Jonagold’s not being available in my home town, so if they are truly the best apple, I will be forever wishing they were available….. or I will have to pull out a tree from the orchard in order to plant a Jonagold tree.
Jonagold Apple
My sis-in-law was designated driver and I was the map reader…. we were off to visit some gorgeous (hopefully) Tasmanian wildlife at Trowunna Wildlife Park.  It was our first day driving Myrtle, our delightful little blue Micra.  The clutch and brakes were interesting and it took a little while to settle into driving a car “new” to us.  Add to that map reading in a country “new” to us, road rules a tiny bit different to New Zealand, and sharp knife (I like to cut apples into quarters rather than bite into them as a whole apple (legacy of a broken front tooth))…… it was a tricky operation even if I was only the passenger.
Launceston Harvest Market

So Jonagold…… what was the verdict?

Crunchy: tick
Juicy: tick
Flavour: meh

The apple was very juicy – I dripped apple juice all over my map of Tasmania.  It was nice (the apple, not the map) and crunchy, very refreshing.  But flavour wise – Mahana Red still rules.  I found the Jonagold to be very mild in flavour, so mild it was sort of like eating crunchy water…. The other aspect of the Jonagold I noticed was the flesh was squeaky on my teeth – Jonagold’s are the brazil nuts of apples (Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium so we introduced 3 brazil nuts a day into our diet.  I think I am the only one that still eats them (occasionally) as APML found them to be too squeaky to eat.

Apples we are eating: Mahana Red

Apple Blossom
September is an exciting month in the garden.  The fruit trees are blossoming and there isn’t a much more cheerful sound that the sound of bees working their magic.  I can stand under a tree lost in contemplation for many minutes while listening to honey being created.  My favourite tree is our Ornamental Crab Apple Tree. The apples are the size of a small pea but the flowers are the star.  The first flowers are breaking open now but when the tree is in full flower it is stunning.  Continue reading

Genesis: the cross of two delicious apple varieties

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.
Genesis 1

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Lemonade: fizzy apples

A “new” apple

Lemonade Apples
Mads and I popped into the supermarket to grab a few things when these funny shaped apples caught my eye.   They were elongated pale green apples with faint yellow-red patches.  A little bit like Golden Delicious but more green than yellow.  The shape was long kind of a like Red Delicious but without the ribs.  Inspection of the fruit sticker identified these as Lemonade – a variety I had not heard of.  And so we picked through the bin and chose four pristine specimens to try. Continue reading