Modern apple breeders are increasingly managing to develop new varieties which are both disease-resistant and have a good flavor.
In Europe scab-resistance is a major issue for growers, and Rubinola is a typical modern variety which incorporates a gene for scab-resistance, usually achieved by including crab apples such as Malus floribunda in the parentage. However scab-resistant does not mean scab-proof, and the single gene may be overcome by the scab organism in real-world conditions.
Rubinola has a good sweet/sharp flavor. The flesh is crisp but with a light texture, and is easy to eat. The skin can develop a slight greasy sheen, but this is not noticeable when eating. Slices do not oxidise (brown) when cut.