We tried fourteen varieties, and the resulting scores are shown in the picture below. The weather this year has been unusually hot and dry, and this has led to the following:
1. Increased trouble with sawfly; insects love hot weather.
2. Apples on many of the trees are shrunken and although they are attempting to ripen, not all are getting there. Some are going mealy when they reach maximum sugar, and some are remaining starchy with tough skins, which is usually associated with under-ripe apples. Remember that during ripening, the starch present in the new fruit gradually converts into sugars, and the skin gets thinner and more digestible..
3. In many varieties the volatile compounds are not developing normally; when this happens flavours are muted and sometimes very bland.
Notes on Varieties:
4. A few varieties are more or less normal in flavour; we found Discovery, Rosette, Langton Nonesuch Amulet and Laxton's Fortune were very good. Note that LF was about six week early. The others were close to their normal fruiting time.
5. Apples which were bland and subdued included Packington (8 weeks early), Scarlet Surprise (normal fruiting time), Dubbelman (a month early), Wyggeston Pippin (a month early).
6.Eccentric, a seedless apple from Ukraine, had developed a very bitter after-taste; normally it is fresh and fruity.
Julie and I hope to do more tasting videos soon.
30 Aug 22
20 Aug 22
There were some cool nights in April but very little frost in spite of the early start to the season, so this year, at the time of writing, looks like being a good apple year.
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