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Re: [nafex] Lodi vs. Yellow Transp.

Don Yellman wrote:

> Helene:
>     I have not grown Lodi, but some of my relatives out in Iowa have
> one, and it appears to be identical in character and appearance to my
> Yellow Transparent.  Most nursery info describes Lodi as an "improved"
> Yellow Transparent, although I have never been clear on wherein the
> improvement lies.  It may be that it has the potential to be slightly
> larger, although thinning can produce quite a large Y.T. as well.
> Mine
> grow so fast that they often crack as they approach the yellow stage,
> and have to be removed immediately.  I once read about the cross that
> produced Lodi, and I think your info is correct that it was
> Montgomery,
> whatever that is.
>     I do have another Y.T. cross: Early Cortland, which is Y.T. x
> Cortland, but the appearance is quite different than Y.T. in that it
> is
> a red apple, and ripens just a few days later than Y.T..  I think it
> is
> also slightly more durable off the tree than Y.T..  Unfortunately, my
> Early Cortland tree, although large and mature, has never had enough
> blossoms to set a decent crop of fruit in spite of my best efforts to
> prune and shape it into submission.  The same thing is happening again
> this spring.  I can see fewer than a dozen blossom clusters up there.
> The tree is over 10 years old, and I still don't have enough fruit to
> even make a judgment on it.

Early Cortland is not an aggressive tree here on the Oreogon Coast, but
it is a good tasteing apple. It rates on the low side in compartive
taste tests but still gets a 6.5 out of 10. Earlier in the season it
rates higher.
Akane is more prolific here for an early apple.
Neither Lodi nor Y.T. get high ratings here.
They do turn to mush easily for applesauce though.
My wife much prefers a tastier apple for her sauce.
She likes Northern Spy or Spygold for her sauce even though she has to
mash them.
For all around good taste she prefers:
Zabergau Reinette
Claymont Permain
Seiki Ichi
Sweet Sixteen
In that order. The order varies with the other tasters, but in general
these are high on everyones list.
She did not like Early Cortland but others rated it higher than she did.

One very noticable thing is that the ratings vary greatly on the degree
of ripeness.
The early tests are quite different than the same apple later in the
Also I find the rating here varies considerable from apples that are
grown inland.

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