The apple on the left is a ‘Cinnamon Spice’ and the one on the right is a ‘Strawberry Parfait.’ I just harvested both on a foggy morningâ€”today. And, yes, their names really do describe the flavors. Cinnamon Spice has a very mild cinnamon character, and is a great, cripy apple. Strawberry Parfait has a really intense berrylike flavorâ€”some might even find it too intense, although I like it and Merry loves it, and she is not even much of a fan of apples, ordinarily.
This is one of the great pleasures of home orchard experimentation: The vast range of flavors you can get out of fruit is a constant source of amazement, as well as taste pleasure.
Now, I can hardly wait for my first ripe apple off this tree, growing on my apple espalier fence:
It is called Freiburg, and is said to have a distinct anise flavor.
(In the background of that photo you can see a little bit of the Ladera Frutal grapefruit grove.)
Oh, and about that foggy morning. Turned out it was a prelude to a pretty hot dayâ€”86 degrees.