By Pam Neiswanger Warner
Many thanks to Jay Dearborn and Dearborn Farms for their bountiful support of our 1993 Anchorage-area apple tasting!!
And thanks also to Tom Marshall, Elmer Jeske, Hugh Harris, Erik Simpson, Don Cox, Arvid Miller, and Bob Boyer for sharing their summer harvest with everyone! Once again, the weather was awful and the apples were delicious! There were over 20 varieties of apples available to taste (and one green Compass cherry plum), and 18 people turned in their evaluation sheets so that I could report their opinions here. As in past years, the apples from the Valley were a couple of weeks ahead of Anchorage, which means some of the apples were overripe and some were still green—and some were big, beautiful, and delectable!
I have compiled the results of 18 individual taste ratings (based on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being best), and the key to reading the table is as follows: take this year’s highest rated apple, Summerred; one person did not rate it, one rated it as a “5”, one as a “6”, etc.
ALASKA PIONEER FRUIT GROWERS
Alaska Chapter, North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX)
1993 APPLE TASTING RESULTS
Taste Rating, 1-10. With 10 Being Best
|Yellow Transparent||4||4||2||3||4||1||17th of 21 Mushy, dry, but tasty (overripe)|
|Yellow Jay||1||1||3||3||3*||5||2||9th Mildly tart, very nice texture, distinctive|
|Oriole (Tom Marshall)||1||2||1||4||5||3||2||3rd Firm, juicy, very good|
|Summered||1||1||1||2||2||5||6||1st Rated best tasting|
|Oriole (Elmer Jeske)||4||1||2||2||2||5||1||1||7th|
|Mantet||1||1||2||2||4||3||4||1||11th Needed 1 -2 more weeks|
|Mantet||3||1||1||1||4||1||4||3||19th Not yet ripe|
|Chinese Golden Early||2||2||1||2||5||1||1||2||1||1||20th Overripe|
|Ginger Gold||1||1||2||2||2||4||1||3||1||1||13th Overripe|
|Dolgo Crab (Don Cox)||4||1||1||1||3||2||3||2||1||15th|
|Unknown (Hugh Harris)||3||1||3||4||5||2||6th Tart, but with very nice texture (not ripe)|
|Unknown Crab (Arvid Miller)||6||2||1||4||2||1||2||8th Nice, sweet, slightly distinctive|
Entries in the “N” column indicate individuals who did not assign a score to the apple in question.
*In each instance, the asterisk represents one person who scored at +.5 (7,5, 5.5., 5.5, respectively).