I'm learning more about apples.
Here's my dilemma: I can get about a dozen varieties from my usual supplier. Generally prairie hardy apples are not commercially viable due to their size.
Now in the garden catalog they use words like 'crisp' and 'good fresh' and 'good storage' but they only use 2 lines for each variety, and it reads like they have picked attributes at random. So for example, they will say, "fireblight resistant" for one. Does that mean all the other are susceptible? As it turns out, no.
Is there a website that compares apple qualities, preferably with hard numbers like brix, and pH and titratable acids?
Due to some of hte answers given, let me clarify:
I'm looking for comparison data. I don't want to know that it's sweet, I want to know that it's sweeter than X, or about as sweet as Y. or best Brix 15. I don't want to know that its 'good in storage' I want to know 'Stores for 5 months' at 40 F. Or 'Use it or lose it in 4 weeks' I don't want to know 'good for cooking' I want to know 'better for cooking than Z'
I want information that allows a person to decide, "September Ruby, or Dolgo" for eating. Battleford or Norland for making applesauce. McIntosh or Granny Smith for cider.