Live Music (at The Orchard cv.)
Yes, I do vote Live Music “the best-flavored apple on the planet,” even though I know it’s all a matter of personal preference. It’s my job, though, to analyze and select apples all the way from very sweet to very tart, and, as you can surely tell, I embrace all the flavors along the way. But it’s not all about what I like best. I’ve tasted a great diversity of apples with a great diversity of people throughout the seasons here at Minnesota Harvest, and tasters’ comments while we’re tasting together is critical to my understanding of public preferences.
One thing that has been evident from the beginning and still prevails is that there isn’t anything you can eat that everybody likes. And, if you have a group of people tasting the same apple, you’ll often hear one person say it’s sweet while another says it’s tart. That means you can’t write something about any apple that everyone will agree with. That’s okay. I’m having so much fun!
Several weeks before this writing, I had a mini-tasting with a couple and their daughter from Locherbie, Scotland. I scurried to get Golden Earl, Nectarapple, and Live Music to sample. We all tried them, and each of the tasters, while saying they liked all three varieties, readily chose a favorite. We ended up with three favorites from three apples for three people. That made the score Golden Earl 1, Nectarapple 1, and Live Music 1… a tie.
There’s no better argument for why we love to grow lots of varieties.
Nevertheless, I do vote Live Music “the best-flavored apple on the planet.” I’m not saying whether it’s Country, or Rock ‘n’ Roll, or Jazz, or Classical, or…