As early September rolled around my mind turned to apples. I was pumped up to have yet another chance to search out new and interesting apple varieties. So the weekend after Labor Day I headed out for a weekend trip to the west side of Michigan. I was particularly interested in visiting Tree-Mendus Orchards in Eau Claire, Michigan. I have enjoyed their apples and apricots I have purchased from my local Whole Foods Market so I wanted to visit the place myself. I figured thata place that grows over 250 varieties of apples they would have to have something new (or old/heirloom) for me to try. And they did not disappoint in the least.
The first apple I met as I entered their building was the Pink Sugar apple. Pink Sugar is a dull yellow apple with pinkish blush. It is believed to be a cross between a Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. I could not find any more information than that online. My tastebuds would have to do all the research themselves.
My Experience with this Apple on September 30, 2014 (Rating Scale 1-10)
Apple Flavor, 4
Where I Bought Them, Tree-Mendus (Eau Claire MI)
Well, they certainly named this apple right. It is super sweet, mainly due to the complete lack of acid in this apple. It's like drinking a very mildly flavored sugar water. Without the acidicty that apple falls flat in the flavor department just as eating a slice of bread that has no salt in it. This apple browned incredibly fast, even as I was eating it - you could practicallyly watch the brown cover the apple like special effects in some action movie. The rest of the apples I purchased ended up going into a batch of applesauce to add some sweetness. That is about all this apple is good for, unless you are one that is trying to avoid any acid in your diet. It reminded me a lot of the Sweetie apples that are showing up in stores, much to my chargrin.