I have a huge Golden Delicious apple tree at the allotment in what used to be the area where I kept my hens. It has grown well beyond the fruits being reachable, so this weekend, as the weather has been so lovely, I decided to get the ladders out and harvest as much fruit as I could. There are literally hundreds of apples, far more than we could ever get through, the best year ever. The tree had an unfortunate beginning, alas, the sheep broke through into the orchard where I had seven different young fruit trees. They stripped all the bark off the trees and killed all but two - a Victoria plum and the Golden Delicious apple. They were saved by the fact that the stakes were close to the trunk and the sheep couldn't completely strip it.
Since then both trees have gone from strength to strength and now really need to be chopped back to a more reachable level. Last year I made a start pruning the top out of the tree, but more work needs to be done. It won't really matter if I don't get as much fruit and I think the quality of it will be better.
Last year, as the winter was so hard, I fed a lot of the apples to the blackbirds, who I am sure really appreciated it, we had a regular half dozen birds on the lawn hollowing out the halved fruit, so none of them will go to waste and the blackbirds don't mind if the skins are wrinkly.
The Golden Delicious you buy from the supermarket are usually quite a bland taste, but the home grown ones are definitely superior, and when fully ripe, taste almost like pears. Now I just have to find space to store them all.