Honeycrisps have been spotty here--really good sometimes, but sometimes mealy. When I just want to eat an apple (which I'm doing right now), I'll usually buy Fujis. Granny Smiths for pies, though.
Somebody mentioned Arkansas Black, too. I've only had those a few times, but they were killer. In the fall, an area called Apple Hill east of Sacramento does a big harvest tourist thing and you can sometimes get apples you don't see in stores.
What I don't understand is why anybody anywhere ever buys Red Delicious. Mealy, mushy, bland and disgusting.
Honeycrisps are delicious, but their shelf life is short. Braeburn can be a good pick in the winter but sometimes get mealy. Granny Smiths are usually very consistent but are obviously sour. Golden Delicious are never very good and never very bad. Pink Ladies are good, and Fujis and Galas are OK.
I'd say my favorite is the Cortland, which you can get in the fall, at least in Minnesota. Can be mealy though.
Fuji/Braeburn/Honeycrisp/Stayman/Gala. It's all good. Empire every once-in-a-while. There is an orchard not too far from us that has 1 tree of what they call banana apples. Best I've ever eaten, but very hard to find. They only have them for like 1 week.
Oh yeah, we have dwarf fuji trees next to the driveway. In season, I usually grab one off the tree when I get home from my bike commute. There's something satisfying about eating fruit from your own trees.
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