I am thinking of buying an apple tree. I have never grown fruit and I only have room for one so it will have to be a self fruiting variety and preferably one with good flavour. Some research is indicated.
The simple truth is that although there are many varieties of apples, our choices are dictated by supermarkets and their obsession with size and colour and price, the biggest growers, probably even some daft EU regulations I don't know about and frankly I don't want to know -- anything but flavour.
I went to a local greengrocer's this week and bought four different varieties, two of each so that I could compare and really people do not know what they are missing -- buying the ubiquitous brands -- no bite, no crunch, no taste! No temptation ;)
Do yourself a flavour! Buy some REAL apples this week. Buy several types and put your tastebuds to the test. Maybe if we all stop buying the crap they choose to sell, the supermarkets would be forced to