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Feb 15, 2008 08:10 AM

Honey Crisp apples - next best?

Can't find the Honey Crisp anywhere and have been told the season's finished. I've been trying to find one that tastes nearly as good and am getting nowhere.

Any ideas?

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  1. Pink Lady. Similar mild flavor, similar crispiness.

    Now, someone needs to start working on a Honey Crisp/Jonathan/Macintosh hybrid.

    1. I am so glad to see your post as I haven't had an apple in weeks because I couldn't find any more Honey Crisps :-(

      1. i bought a 3 lb bag of Ontario Honey Crisps last week at Fiesta Farms.

        1. Personal favorite is the Cameo opple!

          1. If I may indulge in a little rant..

            As a Canadian, living in Toronto, I'm appalled at my inability to buy Canadian apples during the year. Every grocery has Granny Smith apples from South Africa or the US, the oxymoronic Red & Gold Delicious (which are far from delicious, IMHO - small flavour, awful texture), Fuji and Gala, etc., but none of the great Canadian varieties I enjoyed as a child in Quebec - Spy's, Winesaps, IDA reds, Spartans, etc. My only choice for a Canadian apple is McIntosh (which are great, and I really enjoy them), but still! I like my apples crisp, cold, and tart, with just a touch of sweetness. (end of rant)

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            1. re: KevinB

              You need to shop growers on the edges of the GTA and beyond. If you want 'em, you gotta drive to the apples like Honey Crisps and other varieties. Supermarkets just don't bother. Check the u-pick listings run by the province and call the orchards--many run stores year-round with excellent quality cold-stored apples and cider.

              1. re: KevinB

                Hey, KevinB, I have purchased Northern Spy apples and Spartans at the Superstore at Don Mills & Eglinton in the summer and fall, for sure. Longo's has a pretty good selection of Ontario apples during that time, as well.

                1. re: KevinB

                  Price Chopper (and maybe Sobey's?) seem to be supplied to some degree by Norfolk apple growers. My local Price Chopper always has Ontario Empire apples (cross between a Mac and a Delicious), and occasionally Spartans and Galas.

                  I think a lot of the other varieties have been given up in favour of the more popular types, which is why varieties like Spys and Winesaps are only available in the fall. Also, in checking the Ontario apple growers website, which lists apples with a time range (ie. Empires are listed as October to July), my guess is that a lot of varieties are just finished, even those in cold-storage.

                  1. re: SherylKirby

                    I gotta say. After around November/December, apples start to really, really suck. There's a 10% chance of getting any good apples from a store now, and they still don't even compare to fresh apples you buy at the end of the summer when they're freshly grown.

                    Apples are put into cold storage and then taken out several months later and sold. Terrible thing.

                    1. re: SMOG

                      Indeed. Terrible thing...nature. Half the fun of produce up north is the seasonality of it. While I realize I wouldn't have been able to get a lime here 60 years ago...the fun of apple season is the anticipation!