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Wild Twist Apple Reviews?
45 Posts
April 3, 2024 - 11:50 am


Last week, my grocery store was handling out samples of a new apple called the Wild Twist. Had to taste it.

Seems to be a cross of Honey Crisp and Pink Lady. The marketing hype said "it has the explosively juicy crunch of HoneyCrisp combined with the intricate flavor of Cripps Pink." I bought one to take home. It had some of the HoneyCrisp juice pop, but the flavor was meh. Now I'm trying to figure out it the one I tried was just a poor example, or if it, like a lot of grocery store apples, are more than a bit dull.

Any of you tried a Wild Twist?

Cheers, kat

60 Posts
April 3, 2024 - 5:44 pm

Oh dear. At least it is not yet another inbred club apple.


Checked local grocery stores here and no one has them yet.


Here is a great article that effects Modern inbred club apple types.


Notice many of the allegedly disease free types are not quite what they are billed as.

780 Posts
April 3, 2024 - 8:17 pm

kat, the one you tried was a poor example.


Wild Twist was absolutely top notch in Jan/Feb. I just got some and last week and they were pretty good.

Other apples I'm currently enamored with and were available from grocers are Evercrisp and Lucy Glo.

Lewis Co., WA
428 Posts
April 4, 2024 - 7:46 pm

Jafar buddy,

     ...Not to bring up a point of former contention...   Laugh  but eventually my wife brought home a few 'Cosmic Crisp' apples from the grocery store.  It was my duty to actually try one, since I hadn't purchased any before and hadn't intended to.  I have to admit that it was very tasty and quite sweet.  A good apple.  At the same time, I was also thinking back to the kinds of exquisite older apples that I was lucky enough to sample at the HOS autumn fruit tastings.  There were some that had such a nice balance between sweet and tart, with an additional complexity of flavor that made them memorable.  I've come to think that so many of the newer "Club Apples" are just designed to be sweeter.  If that's the case, we might as well just import all the "sweet" apples that the Japanese have been working toward over the decades.

     Where are the amateur apple breeders who pick their two favorites and cross them to see what arises?  Where are all the old classics?  If we rely on "the professionals" who just want to make the apples "bigger, more beautiful, and sweeter", then what happens to all that exquisite taste diversity that excites the palate?

     Jafar:  Of course take this all in jest. I'm just doggedly persnickety and opinionated.  I rub people the wrong way.  I know....  By all means, may ye all eat your apples in good health!  (--"An apple a day"--)....


Vancouver SW Washington
793 Posts
April 4, 2024 - 9:26 pm

I would like to see your opinion on the link if you believe that we as Americans are late in discovering a new way of breeding apples such as these Macintoshes with varying ploidy. Specifically wanting to know if this method (being truth or not) of bringing together tetraploid sports from diploids can be selected for amongst the triploid F1 siblings as such.

Check this out from another Wordpress blog spot

An honest answer might include 'I don't know, or, it might be fiction'. Because I really don't know either, ...yet.

360 Posts
April 4, 2024 - 10:15 pm

Reinettes said 

   Where are the amateur apple breeders who pick their two favorites and cross them to see what arises?  Where are all the old classics? 

Right here in this forum, I would guess :-).  I am up to 62 apple varieties, 15 of which are seedlings from store apples. I'm about 1.5 years from retirement. I plan to start intentional crosses once I'm retired.  No particular goal in mind, just for fun.  But I am pretty much out of space, so I have started cramming everything together.

I have found to be helpful in finding scion trading partners.  This year I have traded with people as far away as Pennsylvania and as close as my work office (whom I found through the site!).

780 Posts
April 4, 2024 - 11:15 pm

@davem very cool.  I'll have to check that out!  I grafted a Hey Jack! on Wednesday.  Hopefully there will be some pickled apples in my future

@Reinettes I don't like most grocery store apples, including the club apples.  I've found Cosmic Crisp to be real hit or miss.  I'm looking forward to getting some from my own tree.  In addition to sweet, the ones I like best tend to have a fair amount of acid and great texture as well.  Other interesting flavors are bonus.  Evercrisp is like a better than average Fuji flavor with more sugar and much better crisp texture.  

Wild Twist has plenty of flavor in addition to a bunch of sugar.  April and May are probably the worst time for apples if you consider imports from New Zealand would normally be showing up mid to late spring.

60 Posts
April 5, 2024 - 6:09 am

Yeap. So far I have about 60 Georgia origin or Southern classic trees grafted. Have about 70 more to do and the rest will be stooled. 

So far Wallace Howard has been the star of the show. Very vigorous! Allegedly a large tart apple that stores very well. But most of the Georgia Apples I have were superb keepers except Tanyard's Seedling and Cranberry of North Georgia.

I have Norfolk Beefing, Blairmont, Golden Harvey, Rouville, Wickson, Husk Sweet and Hudson's Golden Gem to mix and match with them for fun.

Next year I hope to complete most of my Georgia origin list save Shockley Cantrell and Grizzle. And add a handful of big cooker apples. And some low chill wonders and selections for rootstock breeding.

Would it be awful to have a good stand alone home grower friendly root stock that also makes a tasty apple on it's own???

John S
2834 Posts
April 5, 2024 - 9:41 pm

It's interesting to me that Topaz is listed as one of the most vulnerable to diseases because of it's inbreeding. It is my favorite apple and it doesn't show disease in my orchard.

John S

60 Posts
April 6, 2024 - 4:13 am

Locality matters I guess. Eastern Europe where the local apples are inter-bred together tend to be susceptible to the very same successful diseases. I chose "Pionier" of Romania because it was originally a scab free type that fell out of favor. I'm hoping the pretty purple apple can deal with our local brew of disease pressure on G.214. 

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