Monday, September 04, 2006

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year....

That's right, folks. It's apple harvest season! Nirvana.

I'd like to report on two new varieties I discovered this week. Out at Burnap's Farm Market in Sodus, I picked up a single Zestar, and I could kick myself for not buying out their stock. This apple was so sweet, so juicy and crunchy, it had me talking to myself in the car. According to Mark at Whittier Fruit Farm in Gates, who also grows Zestar, "the side of the fruit facing the sun develops a sweet spot that’s brighter red and wildly flavorful." (Read Mark’s Guide to Apple Varieties.)

What I did pick up a bag of, at Burnap's, was another new one, Sansa. Not quite as sinfully sweet at Zestar, it is nontheless very sweet and juicy, with a lovely texture (I hate mealyness in apples) and perhaps a little more complexity to it, a little tartness.

Also, I understand this summer's been good for the Honeycrisps, which is a relief after last year—they were done at the end of September, it seemed! At least the Crispins were in good supply.

4 comments:

kate said...

so while you were at burnaps, did you also pick up one of their TDF apple caramel pies? i am still thinking about one i got there last year...there. is. no. substitute.

kate said...

p.s. we should take a bike ride out there some friday or monday...

Becky said...

Note to self: Self, plant an apple tree for cryin' out loud!

I like your photos and all.

Jane M. said...

Thanks Becky.
Kate, I did not get a pie, nor did I even know of their existence. Let's GO!