We got an excellent crop of Gala apples this year; nice size and pretty good color. We lost a few to fireblight and still managed to have a load on the tree that I had to thin. I can’t stand Gala in our supermarkets; they’re crisp and juicy, but bland, mealy, and one-dimensional.
With our Galas you can sense the Golden Delicious heritage in the crisp texture. Ours do not have the character and spiciness of fall apples, but they are pleasingly sweet and flavorful and you easily finish the whole apple and could tolerate another. They fall off the tree when ripe, but still are in decent shape the next day despite a stint in our brutal sun. We have good hopes for them in the tropics.