Hudson’s Golden Gem Apples

(Last Updated On: October 17, 2012)

While a lot of our modern day apples varieties were made from intention crosses, there are those out there that were just discovered. In 1931, a Oregon nursery called Hudson Nursery made such a discovery. A seed dropped in a hedgerow that produced a new variety of apple. They named the apple after their orchard – Hudson’s Golden Gem. It is a Russet type apple. It has a brown size like a Russet potato or a Bosc pear, with undertones of gold. The apple has an appealing elongated conical shape. It has a reputation for being one of the best looking Russets. The apple ranges from medium to large in size. It ripens in October and is a good keeper.

I found this apple at the Produce Station in Ann Arbor, MI. They were grown by Poverty Lane Orchards in New Hampshire.

My Experience with this Apple (Rating Scale 1-10)

Aspect Score
Crispiness 7
Tartness 2
Apple Flavor 6
Sweetness 9
Juiciness 6

Overall Feeling: Hudson’s is very sweet apple. It has better flavor than the popular sweet apple, the Gala. The pretty apples are not necessarily the best apples. The flavor reminds me a bit of a pear. Not much tartness to be had. It has the hard characteristic you find in Russet apples. These apples are best enjoyed out of hand. I prefer more tartness to an apple to use it in cooking applications.

Here are some apple related kitchen tools I recommend:
Amco Dial-A-Slice Adjustable Apple Corer and Slicer : Allows you to slice apples into either 8 or 16 pieces
Zyliss Soft Skin Peeler : The best peeler I have ever owned. Does a great job peeling an apple.
Mirro Foley 2-Quart Stainless Steel Food Mill : A great tool for making your own applesauce. You can make the sauce without having to do any peeling.

One Reply to “Hudson’s Golden Gem Apples”

  1. This apple reminds me of the Grimes Golden apples I picked from our farm orchard as a kid in the 1950s and 1960s – so close I was convinced I was tasting a Grimes Golden for the first time since moving to northern California in the 1970s. I’d love to find a source for either the Hudson’s Golden Gem or the Grimes Golden in the SF Bay Area!

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