For years, I've been avoiding buying russet apples. They have such unattractive tawny brown skins. Not like the smooth, pink-cheeked Royal Galas and MacIntoshes.
Until this fall. "What kind of apples would you like?", I asked my out-of-town visitors. "Well, russets are the best, of course, but I doubt you'll be able to get them. It's almost the end of the season."
Given a challenge like that, I had to - and did - procure the last of the local russets.
It's true. They are the best apples - not too sweet, just the right texture, with an intense appley flavour.