The apple pictured below comes to us from Bob Lambert of Hendricks, WV. It is a seedling apple, growing at 2,900 ft. elevation. Mr. Lambert has christened it the Late Yellow Transparent because it ripens the end of September. The tree also blooms late, which helps it to avoid late frosts. And after sampling the thing, I agree that it is almost a duplicate of the Yellow Trans. The apple is quite large, with light, coarse-grained flesh (not dense). The flavor is a bit tart but fine even for eating out of hand. I haven’t cooked it yet, but I know that it will go to sauce in a few minutes.
Yellow Trans (also known as June Apple) is one of our best-selling apples. Why? I think it’s because the tree is widely adaptable (Michigan to Ga.), but mostly because it gives home orchardists that first taste of ripe apple in the spring. If that is true, this Late Transparent won’t make much of an impression on jaded taste buds.
But we will see about getting scions from Mr. Lambert this coming February. If all goes well, we should have a few one-year whips of Late Yellow Trans ready to go in the fall. And if cooked apples is your thing–with a mess of hot biscuits–boy, will I have an apple for you. Maybe we should call it Lambert’s Second Taste.