I usually don't find a lot of unique produce at Busch's grocery stores, particularly when it comes to apples. So I was pleasantly surprised this month, when I saw a big sign out advertising their limited supply of Spitzenberg apples. I have never heard of this variety, but was excited to give it a try. The signs at the store indicated that this apple was one of the favorite of one of all time favorite Americans, Thomas Jefferson. So this apple has been around for quite a long time. A reason why you may not have heard of this apple before is that it is one of the most difficult to grow. It is suspectiable to basically every known apple tree disease there is. This is not good for bountiful harvest, which is what the food industry is after. Knowing this makes it even more special to find this gem in a store. I would expect to only find an apple like this at the farmer's market. Kudos to Busch's! Now onto the most important part, how does it taste?
My Experience with this Apple (Rating Scale 1-10)
Tartness : 7
Apple Flavor: 9
Overall Feeling: Spitzenberg is a very tasty apple indeed. The flavor is strong and it has a nice balance of sweetness and tartness. It's not the most crisp or juicy apple I have ever had. You can enjoy this apple out of hand, and it would make a great addition to homemade applesauce.