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The New Easy Apples (page 3 of 3)

by Jack Ruttle

Low-Spray, Scab-Free Apples

These apples are all are scab immune. Susceptibility to cedar apple rust and powdery mildew is noted below, but most of these new varieties have at least moderate resistance to both. Mild-winter adaptability or chilling requirement is untested.

Dayton
Rust: Moderately suceptible Powdery mildew: Moderately resitant Fruit description and flavor: Deep red but needs full sun to color fully. Flesh texture like Jonathan. Flavor very similar to Prima: slightly spicy, tart-sweet and juicy.

Enterprise
Rust: Moderately resitant Powdery mildew: Resistant Fruit description and flavor: Yellow background, covered heavily with deep red. Flavor is excellent after a month in cold storage: sprightly and rich with a little hint of McIntosh. Fruit hangs well.

Freedom
Rust: Resistant Powdery mildew: Slightly resitant Fruit description and flavor: The fruit is large and predominantly red. The flavor is sprightly with a good sugar-acid balance.

GoldRush
Rust: Susceptible Powdery mildew: Resistant Fruit description and flavor: Looks much like Golden Delicious. The flesh is pale yellow and a little coarse. The flavor is excellent: spicy and moderately tart. Highest quality develops after six weeks in cold storage.

Jonafree
Rust: Moderately resitant Powdery mildew: Moderately resitant Fruit description and flavor: Similar to Jonathan, but redder and not quite so tart. The flavor is slightly spicy, rich and fragrant. Not as susceptible to bitter pit as Jonathan.

Liberty
Rust: Resistant Powdery mildew: Moderately resitant Fruit description and flavor: Very deep red with crisp and tender flesh. The flavor is sprightly with a good sugar-acid balance. It repeatedly scores well in taste tests.

Macfree
Rust: Resistant Powdery mildew: Moderately resitant Fruit description and flavor: Similar to McIntosh in appearance. Flavor is pleasantly tart and improves after several weeks in storage.

McShay
Rust: Unknown Powdery mildew: Moderately resitant Fruit description and flavor: Looks like McIntosh. Firm, juicy flesh. The flavor is mild with slight tartness.

Nova Easygro
Rust: Resistant Powdery mildew: Very resitant Fruit description and flavor: Similar to Cortland. The background color is green-yellow, striped and washed with red. The flesh is creamy white, firm and crisp. The flavor is pleasant and sweet with low acidity.

Novamac
Rust: Resistant Powdery mildew: Moderately resitant Fruit description and flavor: Very similar to McIntosh in appearance and flavor but somewhat sweeter.

Prima
Rust: Susceptible Powdery mildew: Very resitant Fruit description and flavor: Yellow green, with bright red where fruit is struck by sun. Flavor is reminiscent of Jonathan: mildly acid, rich and juicy.

Priscilla
Rust: Resistant Powdery mildew: Resistant Fruit description and flavor: A smallish apple with green-yellow base color very heavily striped with red. The flesh is unusually crisp and snappy. The flavor is rich, similar to a tree-ripe Red Delicious sparked with a pleasing hint of anise.

Pristine
Rust: Moderately resitant Powdery mildew: Moderately resitant Fruit description and flavor: Clear, smooth yellow, with slight blush. Crisp, melting flesh with full flavor and good sugar-acid balance. A superior early apple.

Redfree
Rust: Resistant Powdery mildew: Very resitant Fruit description and flavor: Mostly bright red over pale yellow-green background. Crisp but tender flesh. Mild flavor, slightly acid to sweet. Heavy crops must be thinned. Hangs well when ripe.

Sir Prize
Rust: Moderately resitant Powdery mildew: Resistant Fruit description and flavor: Very large, tall fruit, yellow with red blush. Rich acid flavor, distinct aroma and and very juicy. Flavor improves after several weeks in cold storage. Ripe fruit hangs well but bruises easily when handled.

Williams' Pride
Rust: Very resistant Powdery mildew: Moderately resistant Fruit description and flavor: Bright red with small area of pale green to yellow. Firm, very crisp flesh. Mildly acid, rich flavor.

Jack Ruttle is a former senior editor at National Gardening.

Photography by National Gardening Association.

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