We do taste tests a lot around here. It seems to be a good way for the boys to try different things that they otherwise would not try. We have learned to not only pecans, but peanuts and almonds by placing them all in separate bowls and doing a taste test. We have learned to eat rye bread and sourdough bread by taste testing several different kinds. This week our taste test was with apples. Not that we needed any help eating apples. We're pretty proficient apple eaters around here, but it is just that time of year that has me missing the apples we picked in WI.
I did some research to find the closest place we could buy pick your own apples from this helpful site. But we have a busy schedule for the next few weekends making a road trip impossible. Luckily our local farm stand had Virginia and North Carolina apples available. So we bought three of each kind of local apple they had.
We ended up with the following kinds of apples:
- Ozark Gold
We were all surprised by what we learned. I love a good yellow apple and so does Zane as yellow is still, and always will be, his favorite color. And the Ozark Gold apples looked very pretty on the outside, but were pretty sour when we bit into them. However, the Stayman apple was new to me and was recommended by the lady at the fruit stand. But it was neither shiny or brightly colored and the boys (and I) didn't think much of it. But the Stayman ended up being one of the best tasting of our test group.
The boys made graphs and noted their score for each of the apples.
The winners were the Granny Smith which scored a 4 out of 4, the Gala which scored a 4 out of 4 and the Stayman which scored a 3.5 out of 4!
I guess this goes to show you can't judge an apple by its cover. So what is your favorite variety of apple? Happy Tuesday all!