to think Golden Delicious are posher than Granny Smiths?

(151 Posts)
mcmooncup Mon 15-Apr-13 17:55:16

I've always thought Granny Smiths are really common, whereas Golden Delicious have an air of sophistication and understated glamour.

MrsLettuce Mon 15-Apr-13 17:55:51


YoniLovesChachi Mon 15-Apr-13 17:59:15

YABU. Golden Delicious are for people who don't really like apples. They're the equivalent of mild cheddar.

squoosh Mon 15-Apr-13 17:59:49

Golden Delicious are vile common little things. The crumbliness makes me shiver. Bleurgh.

I don't like either - Braeburn or Pink Lady for me!

LadyHarrietdeSpook Mon 15-Apr-13 18:00:09

The poshest apples of ALL are the Egremont Russet. End of.

Sugarice Mon 15-Apr-13 18:00:14

Golden Delish are rank.

Now give me a Jonagold any day.

culturemulcher Mon 15-Apr-13 18:00:22

Funnily enough, I watched a programme about apple growing once (as you do when you're bored) and Golden Delicious are really looked down on by apple growers - along with all the other apple types that use the same root system (not a gardener. don't know what it's called - before they graft on the other bit) like Braeburn, Gala, etc.

Can't believe I just found a use for 20 mins mindless channel surfing smile

Crinkle77 Mon 15-Apr-13 18:00:35

Give me an english apple anyday. Far more flavour than those horrible golden delicious or Granny Smith

Urghhh - they are vile - pappy and tasteless. YABVVU

Mutt Mon 15-Apr-13 18:01:01

Golden Delicious are foul - watery, lacking in flavour and no-one with any taste would be seen dead with one.

They are for children who don't like the sharp and sophisticated taste of a Granny Smith.

And I'm only a little bit joking!

TheNebulousBoojum Mon 15-Apr-13 18:01:47

Golden Delicious are the nadir of mass apple production.

mcmooncup Mon 15-Apr-13 18:07:47

You are obviously all wrong and I am right.

Did someone mention Pink Lady? They have vair posh prices.

gobbin Mon 15-Apr-13 18:07:48

I agree about Egremont Russets. Only used to get them in Safeway in autumn round here, but Morrisons haven't had them since, shame.

All the main apple varieties on sale in supermarkets are crap in my opinion. Either pappy or rock hard/bitter.

mcmooncup Mon 15-Apr-13 18:12:07

What are these Egremont Russets that you speak of? Green? Red? Posh? Common?

HeathRobinson Mon 15-Apr-13 18:13:31

Egremont Russets - yum. Roll on autumn!

muffinmonster Mon 15-Apr-13 18:14:14

Can't believe no-one has put in a word for Coxes. The John Lewis of apples - posh in a sensible, unshowy way.

scarredpierced Mon 15-Apr-13 18:14:36

Golden Delicious are just wrong.
Pink Lady is where it's at!

Nerfmother Mon 15-Apr-13 18:16:48

Pippins, coxes, not blardy loo roll golden delicious. Sorry op.

bigTillyMint Mon 15-Apr-13 18:19:04

You are joking, right? Golden Delicious are the lowest of the low.

All other apples are nicer. Pink Lady are delicious, as are Coxes, Pippins, Braeburns and frankly anything else, including Granny Smiths.


quesadilla Mon 15-Apr-13 18:19:21

No, no, no. Golden Delicious are the apple equivalent of people who say "pardon" because they think (wrongly) that its less common that "what?" Like having net curtains and antimacassars.

drjohnsonscat Mon 15-Apr-13 18:19:42

Golden delicious are an abomination. Granny Smiths, whatev.

Only English apples please. The only time it is acceptable to buy anything else is when English apples are out of season. Then I will deign to allow a pink lady into my house but at all other times, English only. Rah rah rah. But also just because they are simply better.

AuntLucyInPeru Mon 15-Apr-13 18:19:46

Coxes, the John Lewis apples grin
Was just thinking the same thing grin

Theicingontop Mon 15-Apr-13 18:20:28

Every single granny smith I've had in the last year or so have been absolutely vile.

I've converted to pink ladies. Now they are classy.

Coxes - the best tasting apple, bar none. I ate two this afternoon.

Yika Mon 15-Apr-13 18:25:59

Another vote for coxes. I actually get really excited counting down till they arrive in the shops in autumn. <sad>

I wouldn't eat a golden delicious if it was the last apple on earth.

MarshaBrady Mon 15-Apr-13 18:26:48

Granny smiths are loads better, but haven't had one for ages.

MarshaBrady Mon 15-Apr-13 18:27:21

We always get pink lady ones.

LadyHarrietdeSpook Mon 15-Apr-13 18:28:34

Egremont - it doesn't look like much on the outside, but TRUST US.

flybynight Mon 15-Apr-13 18:31:32

Golden Delicious is the apple of the 1970s. What you might have after a spam fritter and some butterscotch Angel Delight.

XBenedict Mon 15-Apr-13 18:32:08

Oooh no Golden delicious are the bottom of the pile IMO. Yuk, tastless really 'orrible.

DearJohnLoveSavannah Mon 15-Apr-13 18:32:21

I love Golden Delicious.

Will people start judging me now when they walk into my home and see them in the fruit bowl sad

XBenedict Mon 15-Apr-13 18:33:11

I like a nice Braeburn meself!

LippyDiDooDah Mon 15-Apr-13 18:33:18

Gala for me any day, they are crisp and sweet and totally yum. I keep them in the fridge and they are one of my favourite snacks.

I grew up with golden delicious apples as the only apple choice in our house and yes i agree they are weak, watery and tasteless - what was my DM thinking.

DH and i also love a pink lady but they have got rather pricey of late and frankly just too big for an apple snack unless you share one.

XBenedict Mon 15-Apr-13 18:34:33

Oh I would DearJohn, hitch 'em right up I would. wink

LippyDiDooDah Mon 15-Apr-13 18:35:18

DearJohn - yep grin

Flyby - that explains it then.

Badvoc Mon 15-Apr-13 18:36:35

Pink lady or jazz all the way!

DeepRedBetty Mon 15-Apr-13 18:36:45

Of course the only decent apples are the ones off the tree in the garden that was planted a hundred years ago by some horny handed son of the soil, back when this cottage actually had farm labourers living in it. <points nose in air and wanders back to Farrow and Ball painted kitchen>

YoniMaroney Mon 15-Apr-13 18:37:43

Are Golden Delicious those horrible mealy apples with the texture of mashed potatoes?

gabsid Mon 15-Apr-13 18:38:04

What? grin Is this something that really concerns you? It might be embarassing I someone caught you eating a Granny Smith? Is it so you can be seen eating the 'right' apple grin

To me it was always a matter of taste confused, but I might be sending out all the wrong messages shock!

gabsid Mon 15-Apr-13 18:39:55

I like Gala or Braeburn - what does that say about me?

elfycat Mon 15-Apr-13 18:40:58

I haven't had a Granny Smith or a Golden not Delicious in years. There's usually something with a good flavour around, probably British. Braeburn or Cox usually grace our fruit bowl (for 10 mins until the kids eat them).

My favorite apple by far is the Discovery, available for a few weeks over summer. The best ones have pink marbelling throught the flesh and are just amazing flavoured. Egremont Russets are a close second.

LadyHarrietdeSpook Mon 15-Apr-13 18:42:22

Betty grin

Must seek out Discoveries...!

LadyHarrietdeSpook Mon 15-Apr-13 18:44:34

Jesus H I went online to try to order Discoveries. Very nearly ended up with 10-14 PLANTS.

TSSDNCOP Mon 15-Apr-13 18:45:18

If a Golden Delicious apple was the first apple you ever ate, you would never eat another apple again.

Yellow, horrid skin, pappy, watery and over-sweet.

In short: shit.

ivykaty44 Mon 15-Apr-13 18:45:54

greattasting apples

tryWorcestershire apples - I live not far from the vale of evesham and there you will find a range of great tasting apples and not a golden delicious or coxes in sight

culturemulcher Mon 15-Apr-13 18:47:52

Sorry, all of you who hate Golden Delicious but love Pink Lady, Braeburn, Gala, etc - they're actually all basically Golden Delicious. They were all developed in Australia in the 70s and 80s as mass produced spin-offs of the golden delicious - a hybrid.

I'll take my new found apple knowledge and butt out now.

XBenedict Mon 15-Apr-13 18:49:40

That maybe true but they taste completely different and have a totally different texture.

culturemulcher Mon 15-Apr-13 18:51:08

I buy them XBenedict but I buy them knowing I'm buying the Primark of apples grin

TheRealFellatio Mon 15-Apr-13 18:51:21

I TOTALLY agree with Yoni in the first post. Eating a Golden Delicious is like sucking on mildly apple flavoured cotton wool.

On the other hand, Granny Smiths are a bit in your face. They have no finesse. They are too thick skinned and brassy, like a fake tanned tart. What you need is a Braeburn. That's a proper apple. Classy but gutsy.

Like me. grin

TheRealFellatio Mon 15-Apr-13 18:58:49

I don't care if GD and Braeburn are related. I fancy my husband but I don't fancy his brother.

5318008 Mon 15-Apr-13 19:06:58

God no, yuk

We like Spartan, and Worcester Pearmain, and are partial to Early Windsor, too. Cox Orange Pippin too. MMMMM.

Helps living in Apple Country, can't imagine twould be easy to get these olde varieties in your average Tesco

XBenedict Mon 15-Apr-13 19:10:03

I don't care if GD and Braeburn are related. I fancy my husband but I don't fancy his brother.

Love this analogy, so works for me ewwwww!

echt Mon 15-Apr-13 19:13:05

To steal from John Waters, Golden Delicious are the polyester of apples. Utterly grim. They're apples for learners, something pappy bland before gearing up for the real thing.
Very sad you can't get russets or Cox's in Australia. Or Bradley's. Fuji are very good though. Not keen on the ubiquitous Pink Lady apples.
Now I think of it, Cox's Orange Pippins have changed for the worse over time in the UK. They used to be large and with distinctly yellow flesh, but had become smaller, white-fleshed and with a less distinct flavour.

armagh Mon 15-Apr-13 19:14:21

You can keep your Granny Smiths, your Golden Delicious, your Pink Ladies, your (bitter)Braeburn, your Gala, your Jazz....,it's Fuji for me! smile
But they are bery difficult to get

helenthemadex Mon 15-Apr-13 19:22:59

Golden delicious are not an apple they are water in the shape of an apple


I'm a Gala girl.

Bloody hate, hate, hate green apples.

Blu Mon 15-Apr-13 19:28:54

If I have a mass produced apple Braeburn is good.

I like Discovery best.

GD and Granny S are both horrible and lacking in character, fragrance, subtley or anything else interesting.

They are OK for shoving through the juicer with other things.

cocolepew Mon 15-Apr-13 19:29:00

Urgh, I can't be doing with those Gala ones, delusions of grandeur.
I like Jazz but can't find them anywhere.
Or a nice Macintosh red.

catgirl1976 Mon 15-Apr-13 19:29:15

I craved Pink Ladies when I was pg

Couldn't get enough of them

LaFataTurchina Mon 15-Apr-13 19:38:26

I like brauburns and cooking apples best.

English supermarket apples are all okay on the whole though, Italian supermarket apples are always horrible for some reason.

mcmooncup Mon 15-Apr-13 19:46:25

I think I do judge on apple choice

Branleuse Mon 15-Apr-13 20:10:37

golden disgusting

TheRealFellatio Mon 15-Apr-13 20:15:55

Rymond Blanc recommends GD for making apple tarts with. The fool. apparently they hold their shape better when cooked but I still think he is wrong. The flavour should be the most important thing.

countrykitten Mon 15-Apr-13 20:19:02

I'm with 5318008. We grow Worcester Pearmain and Cox's Orange Pippins and have an old Bramley tree which produces far too many cookers for anyone to consume!

Oldies are best although I will eat a Jazz apple as they are quite tasty too.

countrykitten Mon 15-Apr-13 20:21:46

cocolepew both Sainsburys and Morrisons stock Jazz apples.

OP - GD are really not good. Not at all. In a battle of apples the GS would beat the fuck out of the GD and then trample it to death which would not be difficult as they are so mushy to begin with

apostropheuse Mon 15-Apr-13 20:26:52

Granny Smiths leave me in spasms of sharp shooting pains for hours afterwards. I tend not to eat them strangely.

I love an Eve's Delight, straight from the Garden of Eden, but they're incredibly rare ...once a millennium. Still, they're my apple of choice.

SueDoku Mon 15-Apr-13 20:56:47

Worcester Pearmain - no other apple comes close to perfection...

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 15-Apr-13 21:01:21

Golden delicious are a horrid apple, with no taste or texture. The most inferior of apples.

Granny smith are really nice, haven't had one for ages and now I really want one!

AnyoneforTurps Mon 15-Apr-13 21:07:56

Another vote for egremont russets. You can get them in Waitrose in the autumn.

Golden delicious are unspeakably common <<shudders>>.

ariadneoliver Mon 15-Apr-13 21:10:14

You can get russets in Waitrose at the moment, stock up while you can. grin

ForYourEyesYoniBrian Mon 15-Apr-13 21:16:30

We have a lovely Worcester tree in the garden. For 3 weeks each autumn we fight the wasps to eat them and then the flesh goes soft like a normal bleuchy golden delicious and not another is eaten until the following year.

UptheChimney Mon 15-Apr-13 21:17:28

Here, OP biscuit

grin wink

mcmooncup Mon 15-Apr-13 21:30:58

Thanks for the biscuit upthechimney, but I'm an apple type. Posh GD

Stinkyminkymoo Mon 15-Apr-13 21:44:05

Ooh a Braeburn for me! Crisp, tangy and delish! I'm also partial to a Pink Lady as are the horses but I don't tell DH this

Golden Delicious are a poor excuse for an apple, it's not a cheddar (which is an excellent cheese FYI), it's the Edam of cheese - bleugh!!

DIYapprentice Mon 15-Apr-13 21:47:56

Golden delicious are exactly that, delicious! But only if they are tree ripened in a country which gets a decent amount of bloody summer, like Australia.

Oh, the fond memories of picking Golden Delicious apples off my parents tree and eating them, freshly picked...... Yum.....

The Golden Delicious in the supermarkets in the UK - rank....

NiceTabard Mon 15-Apr-13 21:52:56

Golden delicious are a bit 70s surely

I like my apples to be bang on trend

MsJupiterJones Mon 15-Apr-13 22:13:28

I always think Jazz apples sound a bit rude.

ariadneoliver Mon 15-Apr-13 22:13:37

Golden Delicious (at least from a supermarket) are bizarrely neither delicious nor especially golden. A disappointing fruit experience.

thermalsinapril Mon 15-Apr-13 22:46:40

They're both horrible! Golden Delicious (delicious?!) have squashy skins and a cotton-wool inside, and no "bite". Granny Smiths are too uniform, boring-textured and acidic without the sweetness to counteract it.

Give me a nice Cox, Russet, Braeburn or Laxton any day.

er, yeah. both mass produced. both tasteless.

have you tried heritage varieties? many are available in supermarkets.

there is no such thing as posh when it comes to food. its good or its not.


frisson Mon 15-Apr-13 23:05:28
UptheChimney Mon 15-Apr-13 23:15:42

Thanks for the biscuit upthechimney, but I'm an apple type. Posh GD

But this isn't an ordinary biscuit, it's a MN biscuit. With added vipers and a sprinkling of outrage.

JumpJockey Mon 15-Apr-13 23:27:03

frisson you beat me to it, any apple with Superb in its name is clearly tip-top. My favourite is definitely Discovery - they're so fragrant and have that lovely crisp, and the contrast between the white flesh and the pink just below the skin...
We have Blenheim orange and Spartan growing in the garden, spartan always seemed like an old man's apple as it's what my dad likes best, but fresh off the tree they are quite splendid.

armagh Tue 16-Apr-13 07:30:49

Anyone else tried Fuji?

JustinBsMum Tue 16-Apr-13 07:33:19

Golden Delicious go great with white Cheshire cheese. Or at least they did, the skins are a bit tough and the flavour a bit mild nowadays, oh, and you can't always get delicious, creamy, white Cheshire cheese either.

I miss cox's orange pippins and bramley's. Don't get either here.

I like Honeycrisp, IMO the best of the ones we get here.

drjohnsonscat Tue 16-Apr-13 10:08:28

Raymond Blanc recommends GD for making apple tarts with. The fool

That's because he's French and therefore delusional re food. The French really have no idea that there are non-French food items in the world and some of them are better than French food items. They really need to stand back when it comes to apples, puddings and breakfasts.

Another nice apple I can throw into the apple chat is Rubinette. You can buy them easily in Switzerland, less so here, but they are v good.

elfycat Tue 16-Apr-13 10:18:26

So glad to see other Discovery fans out there!

If anyone is looking for these you'll need to keep an eye out in August, they are the first British apple ready, but they don't store well and there's a 4(ish) week window to eat as many as possible. I've tried to freeze them but they lose their unique flavour sad.

Love the comparison to husbands and brothers. Love my DH but find his brother repugnant! thank goodness he emigrated

Latara Tue 16-Apr-13 10:26:52

I like small Gala apples, have to be grown in Britain though.

My Dad has a small apple tree that grows delicious Coxes in September.

GibberTheMonkey Tue 16-Apr-13 10:33:32

I'm going to throw a lovely James Grieve into the mix.

What I want from an apple is a firm, crisp texture, no woolliness inside, juiciness, and a sharp-sweet proper apple taste, if you know what I mean.

I will keep an eye open for heritage apples - sadly our local tesco doesn't seem to have them (I haven't seen them, anyway) - but we do have one of they posh Wholefoods supermarkets up in Glasgow - they should sell the best and poshest apples, shouldn't they?

mrsjay Tue 16-Apr-13 11:07:59

oh you need a pink lady to be right posh imo grin

lashingsofbingeinghere Tue 16-Apr-13 11:12:59

As a sixth-former, back in the 70s, my lunch of choice was:

A Golden Delicious
Salt & Vinegar Crisps (Golden Wonder, natch)
Mars bar

Eaten in that order, food of the Gods.

countrykitten Tue 16-Apr-13 11:19:36

Oooh yes to James Grieve - lovely, lovely apples.

That has reminded me - I planted a James Grieve apple tree in my back garden, and I think it even had an apple on it, the first year - but my labrador dug the tree up and shredded it. She did the same with the coxes tree I had too.

lottiegarbanzo Tue 16-Apr-13 12:01:57

Golden delicious are disgusting, taste of plasticine and are of the 1970s.

Real English apples that taste of something, like coxes, are nice.

lottiegarbanzo Tue 16-Apr-13 12:03:16

Granny Smiths used to be lovely and sharp but the supermarket ones now are bland and covered in wax.

armagh Tue 16-Apr-13 18:13:41

Fuji anybody????

Alwayscheerful Tue 16-Apr-13 18:16:48

Golden delicious. are watery and "common"
Granny Smiths are sharp and somehow an old fashioned apple.

Braeburn or Pink lady for me.

StealthOfficialCrispTester Tue 16-Apr-13 18:41:05

Never understood the pink lady obsession. They always taste a bit cotton woolly to me

ananikifo Tue 16-Apr-13 18:50:22

Fuji are the best but hard to find. I usually eat gala apples because they are tasty and easy to find.

DH tells me to buy golden delicious apples when he is going through a fruit phase. I judge him for it. If he ate tastier apples he would probably eat fruit more regularly

Well don't know what programme culturemuncher was watching but it was made up old tosh...

Lots of modern varieties have come out of New Zealand not Australia

Root stocks don't influence flavour they influence the tree's ability to crop and how vigorously they grow (one that controls growth for good soil, something that allows more growth for poorer soil, entirely natural, these were developed in Kent at East Malling Research and every fruit tree in a commercial orchard worldwide grows on them)

Whilst lots of modern varieties do have relatives like Goldens, most are related to gala or Braeburn (Rubens, Kanzi, jazz etc) only light coloured ones are likely to be closely related to Goldens, something like Opal or Amelia

There are 1000's of varieties available, most aren't grown commercially because they taste foul, grow 3 apples once every 9 years, don't store or look awful
Sainsburys is probably your best bet for a range of varieties (52 different apple varieties sold in the last 12 months) they always have russet in season, they also usually have the first discovery in August

Can you tell what I do for a living grin

Personally I think that discovery are about as foul as Goldens and Granny Smiths, sorry Elfycat and the other fans, they taste like soap unless you get them straight form the tree (their big win for me is that you can tell when they are ready to eat as the orchard smells gorgeous)
Spartan, Zari and Rubens are my favourites beautiful to look at, taste fantastic and you can cook/juice them
British are best, always, just think how far the others have travelled...

Oh, and the only reason why we don't grow pink lady is that the European production license is held by a French company who won't license British growers to plant!

armagh Tue 16-Apr-13 19:07:40

Goingto be Ruth, tell me about Fuji apples please. Why are they so difficult to get?
You know your apples.

culturemulcher Tue 16-Apr-13 22:31:25

I stand corrected. No more aimless channel surfing for me grin

ComposHat Tue 16-Apr-13 23:25:27

Golden Delicious are bland vile yellow things, that have the taste of cotton wool.

Empire --> Cripps Pink --> Cox --> Granny Smith --> Braebrun.

starfishmummy Wed 17-Apr-13 00:07:13

Golden delicious are looked down on. This is because they are sold green and under ripe. A properly ripened on the tree golden delicious is, er, golden and tastes completely different

raisah Wed 17-Apr-13 05:46:15

Yuuk to golden delicious.. A nice tart granny smith sprinkled with a bit of salt & chilli powder is lovely. Just a tiny bit to bring out the flavour.

Empire apples are tasty & so are braeburn.

nooka Wed 17-Apr-13 06:14:33

All apples straight off the tree taste much nicer. The over squishy over sweet ones like Golden/Red Delicious need to be eaten unripe. We had a Worcestershire when I was growing up and the apples went really quite nasty IMO and had to be eaten when their pips were still white.

I'd eat a Granny Smith over a Golden Delicious any day (but then I'd actively decline a GD) but Coxes are much much nicer. I don't really know the other varieties well enough to judge.

We live in Canada now and they don't have Coxes. Or Bramley apples which is even more of a problem to me as I don't think eating apples cook well in general. Of the eating apples we like Ambrosia best but they've a short season and then they go a bit mealy.

I have two types of apple tree in my garden, one very early (ripe in August!) and golden which makes good apple sauce but rots on the tree given half a chance, and the other more like a proper apple. Neither as good as an English Cox though.

Longdistance Wed 17-Apr-13 06:14:52

Leave my golden delicious apples alone! I much prefer them to a sour yucky granny smith.
I am partial to a pink lady, and braeburn too.
Granny Smiths, pah.....yuck, yuck.
I had one yesterday, and had a couple of bites, and left the rest, might as well eat a bag of lemons!

DIYapprentice Wed 17-Apr-13 07:43:29

In Australia granny smiths were always considered cooking apples!! They make a lovely apple pie.

coralanne Wed 17-Apr-13 08:12:20

I only use Granny Smiths to make apple sauce

echt Wed 17-Apr-13 08:38:51

I've just bought a kilo of the new season fujis, and prefer them to other apples available in Oz. How I mourn the lack of russets, though. sad

I've just googled them: unsurprisingly they are Japanese in origin.

My local greengrocer tried stocking fujis that had been waxed in the American style. That didn't last long. grin He couldn't shift them for love nor money.

Agree about the demise of the Granny Smith which is now closer to the Bramley in terms of sourness. And so fecking hard.

LaMaga Wed 17-Apr-13 12:05:53

Pink ladies.

armagh Wed 17-Apr-13 16:20:34

Checked Dr. Google - Fuji apples are the No. 1 apple in Japan and No. 4 in the U.S.. So why can't the British Isles get them?

ouryve Wed 17-Apr-13 16:25:01

Both are tasteless crap.

One fruit we do grow well in the UK is apples. I don't get why anyone would choose imported tasteless cotton wool versions.

jennymac Wed 17-Apr-13 16:25:42

I don't think any apples are particularly posh (although the argument for pink lady apples is strongest given their high rrp). Can't stand golden delicious though - agree with earlier comment that they are the equivalent of mild cheddar!

ouryve Wed 17-Apr-13 16:40:39

GoingtobeRuth I can agree about the selection of apples in Sainsburys. I love that even whatever's in the Basics bags is usually nice, if a little small or ugly and, for most of the year, is British.

If I need to choose a favourite variety, it's Egremont Russet. Not beautiful in the bowl, but so tasty.

ComposHat Wed 17-Apr-13 21:09:11

At the risk of getting all Alan Partridge....Pink Lady is a brand name, not a variety of apple. The actual variety is Cripps Pink.

Asda sell Cripps Pink far cheaper than Pink Lady. They might not be as uniform in terms of colour and size, but that doesn't bother me at all.

spaghettina Wed 17-Apr-13 22:08:28

Another Discovery fan here! They're amazing apples.
Haven't had one for years (can't get them here). Coxes are also unheard of here in Italy. Supermarkets here just stock horrible tasteless mushy/huge and watery apples on the whole. Granny Smiths are often your best bet. For cooking I've found "Renette" a good substitutes for Bramleys.

Now considering scheduling a trip back to the UK to coincide with the Discovery crop in August smile

ComposHat Wed 17-Apr-13 22:26:35

Discovery? Cor I've not had one of those for years, nice though.

I could right go a nice discovery now.

lisianthus Wed 17-Apr-13 22:37:49

I love Sundowners. Thinking of planting a tree. Granny Smith are cooking apples! Golden Delicious are horrible in the UK, but then you have your own apples. Travelling or being grown in a climate which doesn't suit them just doesn't seem to work for them. Love GoingToBeRuth's spirited defense of the New Zealand apple industry as if everything that comes out of Australia is automatically rubbish. Heh.

MsJupiterJones Wed 17-Apr-13 22:42:00

I have a Katy apple tree in my garden and the apples are perfect.

BustyStClaire Thu 18-Apr-13 18:08:07

You lot know shite about apples, the Kanzi apple from Waitrose are THE only apples to ever eat. They are a Gala/Braeburn cross, and are crisp & tangy, and are the dogs bits.

TheRealMBJ Thu 18-Apr-13 18:10:02

Coxes. Definitely. Good size, good crunch, lovely tangy-sweet flavour. But unassuming and not flashy.

elfycat Thu 18-Apr-13 18:23:25

<sticks tongue out at GoingtobeRuth>

Discovery are the best of all apples, To be fair they are better from a greengrocer or farmers market than from a supermarket.

I'm liking the new apple varieties. Luckily I know someone in marketing for some of the varieties coming out to help me get my fix.

UptoapointLordCopper Thu 18-Apr-13 18:24:25

Egremont russet for me. Braeburn next.

We have a chart of 12 apples with ratings. But we will be expanding our list. You lot are a fount of apple knowledge!

JulesJules Thu 18-Apr-13 18:44:42

Golden Delish are bleurghh.

I love Egremont Russets, Coxes, and quite like Braeburns and Pink Lady apples. I didn't know that Cripps Pink was the same variety as Pink Lady, that's interesting.

I've got a Katy apple tree in the garden - gorgeous apples. Got a new apple tree last year which hasn't produced any apples yet, called Red Love - we got it for the DDs, apparently the apples are red inside.

Golden Delicious are tasteless poth. Granny Smiths have skins like cow hide. Worcester Permain however are well posh and taste like strawberries. Beat that!

miemohrs Thu 18-Apr-13 18:59:11

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MusicalEndorphins Thu 18-Apr-13 20:20:26

Sour apples good for cooking.
Crunchy apples for eating
Red Delicious apples-and Macintosh apples are my favorite for eating, Granny Smith and Macs, for baking pies.
I haven't tried a lot of other varieties!

countrykitten Fri 19-Apr-13 09:02:17

foreign muck - great to know that this kind of attitude is still out there hmm

I presume that you eat no foods of 'foreign' derivation whatsoever then?

Minion Fri 19-Apr-13 09:23:07

Golden delicious is the Davina McCall of apples. Overhyped, oversold, tasteless, watery and blah.
Red delicious fares worse than its golden cousin. That's the Claudia Winkleman. Just urgh.
Now pink ladies are the fashionable Holly Willoboobys and granny smiths are 'always fresh and crunchy but not terribly trendy' Nigella Lawson.

The winners are the homegrown, English varieties ie the Kate Middletons, coxes, braeburns etc etc

lisianthus Fri 19-Apr-13 09:33:50

Love your metaphor minion so who is Pippa Middleton then? grin

Minion Fri 19-Apr-13 10:31:09

She's the bag the golden delicious come in grin

miemohrs Fri 19-Apr-13 14:21:39

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ComposHat Fri 19-Apr-13 15:44:17

The winners are the homegrown, English varieties ie the Kate Middletons, coxes, braeburns

decorative, but bland amd pointless?

Minion Fri 19-Apr-13 17:16:01

Maybe, but she has a lovely coat selection.

countrykitten Fri 19-Apr-13 17:35:20

Still think that the term 'foreign muck' is unpleasant and maybe you should move on and not say things just because your Mother did.


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countrykitten Fri 19-Apr-13 21:35:28

Your last post makes no sense btw.
But never mind.

Suzieismyname Fri 19-Apr-13 22:00:15

Discovery all the way. ..

SinisterBuggyMonth Fri 19-Apr-13 22:03:46

Kanzi and Jazz all the way.

Pink Ladies are posh but only into a diamonte way.

I hate Coxes they are bitter.

lisianthus Sat 20-Apr-13 07:16:50

grin at Minion. I'm loving your work on this thread.

Great thread. I have room for two apple trees. My choices are from: Anna, Dorset Gold, Gala, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Lady Williams, Pink Lady, Pinkabelle, Red Fuji/Naga and Sundowner. Have decided to go with Granny Smith and Sundowner. Yee ha.

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wetsand Mon 22-Apr-13 12:53:54

Ah, a bunfight over the comparative poshness of apples, only on MN!

Glad to see someone else is loving the Jazz apples wink

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drjohnsonscat Mon 22-Apr-13 15:17:35

ha ha ha that "foreign muck" is now offensive. It's like using the phrase Johnny Foreigner. It's channelling the Daily Mail, Nigel Farage, Alf Garnett. Nobody on MN would use that phrase straight. The very idea is hilarious.

Golden Delicious are foreign muck 100%

BTW just came back from a lunch where a French person referred to our horrible English food hmm so no need to worry about their feelings too much.

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