Why you should be excited
NY18491 is a variety bred in upstate New York that never got named, despite its excellent qualities.
The story of NY18491
Yes, NY118491 does seem a lot more like the name of a sci-fi movie robot than a tasty apple variety. Of course, every variety that's the result of intentional breeding starts out with a moniker that's equally unromantic.
Given that breeding programs generally produce dozens -- if not hundreds -- of new varieties and then whittle them down to a chosen few considered worth naming, there's nothing unusual about NY18491. Except for the fact that some folks disagree with the conclusion of the decision-makers at Geneva, New York, who decided that this variety lacked commercial potential.
So it's being propagated here and there, stuck with the unromantic non-name, but winning over folks who taste it.
Bred at Geneva, New York, USA, mid-20th century.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Crisp, with strong flavour nicely balancing sweet and sharp.
Your basic red apple.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Not particularly known for use in cider.
Very good (about 4 months when kept refrigerated).