Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association

ANNUAL ALASKAN-GROWN APPLE TASTING

December 9, 1998

 —Dwight Bradley

 

1998 Results

 

The annual Alaskan-grown apple tasting was held at Bradley’s in Peters Creek on Sept. 26, 1998. About 25 people were there, and 17 rated the apples. We tasted 31 varieties of apples, a dozen repeats of these same varieties, two varieties of pear, and one each apricot and plum. The highest- rated apples this year were Viking (grown by Bob Boyer), Geneva Early (Tom Marshall), Oriole (Tom Marshall), and Ginger Gold (Bob Boyer). Bob and Marianne Boyer tested each variety for sugar content; we were surprised as usual at some of the results.

 

Variety Grower Avg. score Sugar (brix)
APPLES      
Viking Boyer 7.1 12.5
Geneva Early Marshall 7.1 11
Oriole Marshall 7.0 13
Ginger Gold Boyer 6.9 11
15th St. Mystery Boyer 6.8 11
Roda Mantet Franke 6.7 11.5
Parkland Bradley 6.7 12
Sunrise Boyer 6.4 13
Norland Bradley 6.4 12
Red Mantet Franke 6.3 13.5
Mantet Yassick 6.3 12
Geneva Early Franke 6.2 11
Norland Franke 6.0 14
Parkland Boyer 6.0 15.5
Carroll Boyer 6.0 14
Geneva Early Dearborn 5.9 13
Parkland Franke 5.9 11.5
Norland Yassick 5.8 13
Vista Bella Dearborn 5.8 14
Yellow Transparent Franke 5.7 12
Summerred Dearborn 5.6 11
Westland Boyer 5.5 13
Yellow Jay Dearborn 5.4 13
Lodi Vochoska 5.4 13
Summerred Irvin 5.3 12.5
Westland Franke 5.2 10.5
Rescue Bradley 5.2 13.5
Canada Red Dearborn 5.2 12.5
Westalnd Vochoska 5.1 10.5
Golden Transparent Butcher 4.9 13.5
Goodland (misidentified?) Mary Lou 4.8 13
September Ruby Boyer 4.8 16
Westland Boyer 4.8 11
Ultra Spire Irvin 4.7 11.5
Chinese Golden Early Dearborn 4.6 15
Unknown crab Butcher 4.4 16
Harris Mystery Harris 3.9 12
Heyer 12 Yassick 3.8 10
Rosthern 15 Marshall 3.8 11
Red Transparent Franke 3.7 10.5
Harlalred Yassick 3.3 12.5
Wealthy Franke 3.1 10
Hazen   2.8 11
       
OTHER FRUIT      
Opal Plum Marshall 7.3 12
Gold Spice Pear Irvin 6.6 11.5
Manchurian Apricot Anderson 5.9 16
Ure Pear Irvin 5.7 11

 

Five-Year Results

 

The next table ranks the Alaskan-grown varieties that have been lasted over the past five years, since I’ve been keeping records. The order is highly subjective, based on years in the top ten, and number of years ranked in the top three. Ginger Gold, Oriole, Parkland, and Norland are the clear front-runners. Mantet and Viking have both placed first, but other years they have barely been edible — they don’t ripen all the time.

 

Variety Years in top ten Years #1 Years #2 Years #3
Ginger Gold 4 2    
Oriole 4 1 1 2
Parkland 5   1 1
Norland 4   1 1
Mantet 2 1    
Viking 1 1    
15th St. Mystery 3      
Roda Mantet 2   1  
Lodi 2      
Harris Mystery 2      
Sunrise 2      
September Ruby 1   1  
Geneva Early 1   1  
State Fair 1     1
Vista Bella 1      
Karl Franke Mystery 1      
Golden Transparent 1      
Canada Red 1      
Arvid Miller Mystery 1      
Whitney 1      
8th & M Mystery 1      
Rescue 1      
Novosibirski Sweet 1      
Joyce 1      
Red Mantet 1