Ambrosia (4 out of 10)
REALLY crispy. And the skin is not tough or bitter. So you'd think I'd be happy - picky little bugger that I am, right? Nope. All the pieces are in place here... all except taste. Sure, this apple is crunchy, but it's also flavorless. Too bad... this could have been a contenda.
Braeburn (8 out of 10)
This apple isn't crunchy, but it isn't soft. It isn't sweet, not not really tart. This is the "beige" of apples. Which means it's perfectly fine. It's fine, it's fine. It's not what I would want to eat given a choice, but it's fine. It's fine.
Update: This is a good as an apple can get. Crunchy, great size, good color. Sweet but not overly so. I guess I need to give this apple another try.
Cameo (8 out of 10)
It might be chartiable to call this apple "rustic". That means the ones I ate were spotted, marked, lopsided, with a rough sandpaper skin. But on the other hand, it was delicious. And large. Crunchy. Everything I want in the taste of an apple. Shame about that outer skin, tho...
Cortland (9 out of 10)
My only criticism that these apples are smaller than the rest. They are so good I want a bit more! And I’m too full to eat two, and one is not enough, so I guess I’ll just have to keep my refrigerator stocked with these yummy things. I can’t even put caramel on them, their original taste is so good.
Crispin (Mutsu) (4 out of 10)
Also knowns as a Mutsu, coming from Japan. It’s a cross of the Golden Delicious and the Japanese Indo… I guess it’s ok. Maybe I’m biased against yellow apples. The skin is bitter, but has a really crispy crunch. I bet you’d get a lot of juice out of these. But I was hoping for more. In this rare case, I missed the tang.
Update: Had another one and it was really sweet. The skin wasn't so bitter as the first one, and I really enjoyed it. Doubled the score from 3 to 6! Way to go, Mutsu...
Update: And then I had *another* one, and the score drops to 4. It had the bitter thick skin I remembered. Nice color though!
Empire (5 out of 10)
Really small. Really crunchy. Pretty color. But kind of "one note". The apple tastes sweet, but that's all there is. I don't like sour or tart apples, but there's gotta be *something* to make me come back again and again for another bite.
Envy (7 out of 10)
This is a good apple. Too bad it's not a *great* apple. On first bite, all the parts are there - a great color, good size, crisp snap. But then, there's... very little. It's like the model of the apple that it's trying to represent. I'll eat these again, but it's a shame: this apple is an also-ran, where it could have been a winna.
Eve (4 out of 10)
This is a weird little apple. It has a weird shape. But also a weird flavor. Like a SweeTart that isn't tart. There is such a strong sugar flavor without any other notes. Which doesn't make it *bad*... just kind of weird.
Fuji (8 out of 10)
These can last in a refrigerator for a year! Or rather, they don’t, at least not in my refrigerator. They are on the smallish side, perfect for a snack.
Golden Delicious (6 out of 10)
I have a bias against green apples. They look unripe. Apples should be a a vibrant red color. That's why they call it "apple red". They don't call it "apple green". But as far as green apples go. Bobby Russell even wrote a song about how the Devil created "little green apples in Indianapolis in the summertime". It's just wrong. But as far as satan's orchard goes, the Golden Delicious is pretty good. It's just too bad it's going to hell.
Granny Smith (3 out of 10)
This is a green apple. This is the eiptome of green apples. If you looked in a dictionary for green apples, this would be the apple. Did I mention it's really green? And tart. Tart and green, with a hard skin. I am not a particular fan of green apples.
Honeycrisp (4 out of 10)
This is a HUGE apple. It feels like a genetic mutant. It’s tasty - crunchy and sweet, sure. But it’s almost too much of a meal. I almost want to eat half and save half for later. Unfortunately, after the thick tough flesh is gone, near the core is kind of relentless and bitter. But hey! You get a lot of apple!
Jonagold (7 out of 10)
This is a huge apple. A lot of a good thing. maybe too much?
Jonathan (6 out of 10)
Really good. Shame I don’t remember anything more about this apple. It was kind of small, kind of tart.
Mccowan (Macoun) (5 out of 10)
C'mon apple... which name is it? You can't have two. This one tasted ok... kind of sweet but it could have been sweeter. Kind of had a crunch, but it could be crunchier. Maybe you should figure out your identity crisis, apple, and get back to me when you figure out what you are.
McIntosh (8 out of 10)
I like the computer but I *love* the apple. They look nothing like the famous icon with the bite out of one side - instead they are very round and beautifully streaked.
Pacific Rose (6 out of 10)
Remember when I keep complaining about bitter skins..bout tought apples where the bitter outside is the worst part? Well, for this apple, that's the BEST part. But don't celebrate just yet. Sure, biting into this apple yields a bunch of complexe flavors - sweet, crisp, "perfumey" - but the inner white meat is really bland. Like white toast bland. And this is a HUGE apple! So you get a lot of the boring watery center. But at least it's interesting.
Piñata (8 out of 10)
Just about perfect. Pretty skin, sweet taste, and crisp. Maybe the only think I could say is that it’s maybe TOO rustic and rough.
Red Delicious (3 out of 10)
Beautiful apple - almost the picture-perfect example of something on the teacher’s desk. Unfortunately, it also has a very thick skin and is pretty tasteless. Blame it on Washington state; 75% of their apples in the 80s were Red Delicious, bred for appearance instead of flavor. In 2000 there was a crash when consumers got tired of the things, and congress approved a 750 million buyout… now the variety is half as popular as what is once was. I still kind of like it - it’s sweet and often not mealy (though I hear it’s hard to cook with). But at least to me it’s an apple, not an overgrown crabapple like some on this list.
Red Roma (1 out of 10)
Is this the same apple as the "Red Romes" below? Because it's even worse. Both the times I bought this apple, it rotted within two days. But that doesn't mean it's a soft apple - it's actually kind of crunchy below the first half inch of mush. This apple has a tough bitter skin, but that doesn't seem to prevent it getting bruised easily. This is a huge apple, and hugely disappointing.
Red Romes (2 out of 10)
Are all apples with the word "red" in their name terrible? This one is. It's soft and mushy, with a REALLY hard bitter skin. I couldn't think up a worse combination, although it is pretty to look at.
Ruby Frost (2 out of 10)
Ick. Mushy and flavorless. This reminds me why I don’t like fruits and vegetables. This is the kind of apple that sits in a bowl on a counter until it shrivels up and is thrown out. I feel bad at myself for buying this one for two dollars.
Smitten (9 out of 10)
Nice and crisp. Sweet taste without being too sweet. Wonderful coloring. Do I *have* to say something bad about this apple? Is it because I'm a cranky critic by nature and have to find fault with something even though it it close to perfect. Ok... this apple is too small. It's really tiny. I wanted another one after I was done. There, are you happy I found something to criticise?
SweeTango (3 out of 10)
Really soft. Sure, it was sweet, but the mushy consistency was a turn-off.
Winesap (5 out of 10)
This whole time I've been whining that all the apples I've tried aren't crispy enough. So, can an apple be *too* crispy? Evidently it can. This one is almost solid. And the skin is extremely bitter. But once I got through the skin, the rest of the apple was amazing. A really stunning dark red color, too. But this one just feels like a scinece experiment gone wrong.
Zestar (4 out of 10)
Great taste! Truly zesty! But also mealy and soft. I wanted to like this apple a lot more. I kept biting into it and thinking, "Surely this is going to get better." But it never did. Maybe the taste would be good in a recipe? Like for cider? Something where the awful texture didn't matter? I'm passing on you, Zestar.
Not reviewed yet (* = want to try a lot)
Cox (Cox's Orange Pippin) (best?)
* Gala (best?)
Pink Lady (Cripps Pink)
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