Whenever I think I spotted my last new apple variety for the season, I end up coming upon another. I found Sierra Beauty apples at Plum Market in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This variety has actually been around for quite a while. It was originally discovered in the 1890s in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. But it keep seeming to disappear. It reappeared in 1920, and then again in 1980. One family liked it and have been growing it for decades. It has at least become popular enough to make it to a grocery store in Michigan. My particular specimens were grown in the state of Washington.
The apple is a good all-purpose apple that can be used in any number of ways. It also is a good keeper. It is harvested in the end of October to early November. And remains good for many months, even without refrigeration.
Overall Feeling: This was an alright apple. It had a good flavor with a sweet/tart balance. I thought it tasted like it had some McIntosh flavor in it.
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.