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.
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.
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