If you can’t be bothered to read my blog because you spend all your time at this site, then this is the fruit for you!

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★½☆

Really dark burgundy red skin with bright white flesh

AROMA Rating: ★★★½☆

Slightly grassy

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★½☆

This apple goes just a hair past crunchy and crispy and jumps right in to hard. Has dense flesh with medium juice.

TASTE Rating: ★★★★½

On the moderately tart side but with great balancing sweet notes.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

I really like this apple. It has a rich, complicated, tart and sweet flavor that makes most other apples seem shallow in comparison. Though some might balk at it, I love how hard it is and that it is not overly juicy. Not five minutes after I tasted this one I was eating it in thin slices on top of melted cheddar cheese and toast. To die for. In fact, why am I typing and not eating that. Why? Will remedy that now.

FRUIT

Apple

VARIETY

Arkansas Black

PEAK

Fall-Winter

ORIGIN

Arkansas

GROWN

Oak Glen, CA

PURCHASED

Farm stand

NOTES

I found these apples a few weeks ago when I passed a sign on the side of the road in Oak Glen that said “Arkansas Blaks”. Lucky for me the woman was a better farmer than she was a speller. In other interesting news, this apple originated in Bentonville, Arkansas, which also just happens to be the home of Walmart, so perhaps that connection explains some things.