Honey Crisp is fairly new, within last few years. So it is a little more expensive than others.
I like early Golden Delicious, while they are still crisp. I don't care for the Delicious variety, as I don't like the mealy meat. I prefer crisp. In California, I had 12 apple trees, mostly McIntosh. Apples are high maintenance to keep the coddling moths out. Volker's oil had to be used early, while the trees were in bloom. Otherwise, malathion seemed to be the professional orchards' choice.
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