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In search of an apple . . .

This is the time of year when the farm stands are loaded with a gazillion varieties of apples. I'm trying to identify a variety that is tart, firm, crisp and juicy, but with a skin that's not tough like the skin of a Granny Smith. Is there such a variety?

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  1. A Baldwin or Winesap, perhaps?

    Roxbury or Golden Russets, my favs, have an even rougher skin than other apples. Newtown/Albermarle Pippins, another fav, less so.

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    1. re: Karl S

      Sounds like winesap except that winesap skins can definitely be tough. But they are so good!!

      1. re: prunefeet

        Finding a Winesap is the holy grail of apples, but I have only seen them a few times, and they are getting more and more rare by the year. I have 5 orchards with a 30 mile radius, but none of them grow Winesap's.
        I used to receive them from a friend, but they sold their property, and the orchard was bulldozed for development.

        1. re: Kelli2006

          Where are you located? They are very easy to find in farmers markets in NYC.

          1. re: Produce Addict

            I live the in Amish country of N-E Ohio. NYC is about 8 hours away. I love the city, but its a long way to go for a great apple.

    2. I like Braeburns and Galas a lot, and don't find them to be overly tough-skinned. They're not as tart as a Granny Smith, but I don't care for really sweet apples, and these fit the bill for me.

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      1. re: Andiereid

        I use Braeburns, Galas and Fujis in applesauce, but I don't find any of those particularly tart. But, from the responses here I can certainly put together a list of "possibilities" for my next farm stand taste test.

      2. I stick to Fujis, but I know that is not what you are looking for ... so here's a list that should help you find your holy grail of apples ...

        http://www.applejournal.com/useall01.htm

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          That is really a wonderful link. It matches my opinion that a Gala apple is a sweet apple. I like a sweet apple and I like Galas.

          Have you tried pippins? They are easy to find and might be what you are looking for.

          1. re: Lauran Robertson

            Pippins are not easy to find everywhere. I'd love to find them easier here in Massachusetts, where we are blessed with many wonderful heirloom apples that people elsewhere have a hard time finding (it is, after all, the home of Johnny Appleseed). I have to rely on my journey through LI's North Fork each Christmas to stock up on Pippins for the winter. I acquired my taste for Pippins in college in Charlottesville, VA back in the day....

          2. Macoun apples-smaller, light red to light green thin skin, crisp, juicy, very short fall season. Could it be Macoun?

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            1. re: HillJ

              Those are the best fresh apples, by far. And they meet all the criteria of CindyJ

            2. The Honeycrisp variety, grown in Washington state, among other places, is an almost unbeatable combination of the traits you describe.

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                1. re: fauchon

                  Honeycrisp is *not* a tart apple. It's sweet-tart, in between. For people who like sweet apples, it may seem tart, but it's not really a tart apple.