Saturday, November 16, 2013
Coverage is so complete that it is not possible to see any unblushed peel, but it must be a shade of yellow because the more-attenuated blush takes on a slight orange tinge.
Querina, or Florina, is conical, classically shaped, and ribbed with distinct lobes and also bumps at the base. Light lenticels provide an attractive accent, and one sample has patches of a smoky-blue bloom. Another has a lightning bolt of russet down the side.
The apple has a sweet cider aroma and feels quite firm in hand. Biting in, however, is a bit tender, coarse-grained butter-white flesh that is even a little granular.
This flesh bears moderate well-balanced flavors of cider and pleasingly, cantaloup, which provides a lush quality.
Querina would be quite good were the texture better. Did I miss peak on these? Maybe, but the seller says Querina is a good keeper. The peel is chewy.
Querina is the trademark for Florina, developed in France in the 1970s. It is a cross between Jonathan and an unnamed Co-op variety (PRI 612-1) whose family includes Red and Golden Delicious.
(For the hard-core apple nerd, it is [Red Delicious Starking × (Golden Delicious × [Rome Beauty x M. floribunda 821])] x Jonathan, although some sources give 612-1 as the pollen parent.)