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Enterprise apple

Enterprise appleThe last new-to-us apple variety we got to taste this year was Enterprise, from one of our high-density trees.  The apples were big and beautiful, and their flesh was crisp and just the right texture, which is probably why Mark gave the variety his highest rating of the year --- an 8.  I only rated the flavor a 5, though, because I felt it lacked the complexity (and particularly the tartness) you'd find in my current favorite (Virginia Beauty).  In fact, I'd say the Enterprise we tasted had a flavor very much like a top-of-the-line Red Delicious.

On the other hand, a bit of research suggests that I might like Enterprise better after a month or two in storage.  The developers of Enterprise report: "Flavor is sprightly at harvest but mellows to moderately subacid after storage."  (I've come to realize that "sprightly" in apple descriptions is what I call "insipid".)  Enterprise is a good keeper, lasting up to six months in storage, so maybe when we have more than six fruits to enjoy, I'll be able to run a second taste test with aged apples.

Enterprise pedigree
By the way, did you notice I wrote "the developers of Enterprise" above?  I chose a mix of heirloom varieties and new developments for our high density planting, and Enterprise is one of the latter.  This modern apple came out of the Purdue-Rutgers-Illinois cooperative apple breeding program (thus the "pri" in the name) using the crosses shown above.  I'm definitely impressed by how well the scientists imparted disease-resistance in the variety since Enterprise has fared the best of all our new varieties in our chemical-free orchard, but the taste issue is still up for debate.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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