Elstar

Flavor: Honeyed sweetness with a mild tart aftertaste

Approximate Ripening: Mid September

Uses: Eating, baking

Trivia: Developed in the Netherlands in the 1950s and released in the U.S. in 1972, Elstar is a cross between Golden Delicious and Ingrid Marie.

Notes: Many offspring of Golden Delicious inherit their parent’s mild flavor, but Elstar strives for something sharper.  Its sweetness is more pronounced—almost honey-like—and it comes with a little zip of tartness at the end.  Elstar has a neat look and feel to it, too.  The flesh is a lemony white, while the skin is almost marbled in appearance; you can actually feel the grooved texture when you hold one.