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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2004/10/24 18:19:11 (permalink)
Today Jan and I retraced the drive that Bushie and I did 2 weeks ago. We went back to Jungle Jims, then stopped at an orchard in Northern Kentucky to get some more apples, then had lunch at Claudia Sanders.
JJ had a large variety of Apples all at 79 cents a pound. We bought some very large Winesaps for Baking tonite. Also, for the first time since I left N Y 30 some years ago we found some Northern Spys...Bought 15 lbs of them. At the orchard we got a 1/2 bushel of Golden Delicious and another 1/2 Bushel of Granny Smiths. ($5 each)The orchard's Winesaps we very small and wouldn't fit on our peeler, so we passed on them. We now have a bunch of apples..and processing them for the winter will take a day or two out of this week. The finished products will include Apple Dumpling, Baked Apples (whole), Fried Apple slices, and one of my favorites, Sweet potato and apple casserole. The freezer will get some stuff for storage this week, for sure.
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2004/10/24 18:23:43 (permalink)
Mr. Mayor: Mamaw Smith will be pleased that that you chose Granny Smiths. Hopefully that your Arkansas Blacks will produce next year. We will all be up there to help you harvest.

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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2004/10/24 18:54:20 (permalink)
Granny Smith is my favorite apple, though right now I've been groovin' on Braeburn's from New Zealand.

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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2004/11/05 12:08:25 (permalink)
Ok... I am now a convert. Last year was the first year I tried the wonderful Honey Crisp. Such a complex taste, and always with a snap! I had previously thought the Macouns were the best, but this beats them all. I have not tried to cook/bake with them though. Has anyone tried?

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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2004/11/17 10:37:16 (permalink)
Interesting article on apples posted today on CNN.com:


http://www.cnn.com/2004/HEALTH/11/17/health.apples.reut/index.html
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2004/11/17 11:54:53 (permalink)
Delicious apples from Winatchie, Washington (sp) W. Rex in E. San Diego
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2004/12/12 08:10:00 (permalink)
The big green ones.
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/02 16:34:57 (permalink)
The Cameos that we have had in the stores have been good. I have been told that Cameo is not the real name, but rather a trade mark by a growers association. I understand that Pink Lady is a trade mark too. In the fight for shelf space growers are using marketing ideas from other foods. I'm not sure on this, and my info may be unreliable.......are there any experts out there?
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/02 16:44:59 (permalink)
Here is another vote for Pink Ladies! I recently bought one to try for the first time because it looked good. After I ate it I immediately went back to the store and bought a half dozen more. They are delicious - I describe it as having the taste of a nice ripe red delicious but with a crunchy texture more like a macintosh. This is the perfect eating apple IMO. I also like MacIntosh and Granny Smiths but they are taking a backseat to the Pink Lady for now.
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/04 16:18:08 (permalink)
I'm a big fan of the Pacific Rose variety from New Zealand. Not always available, unfortunately. Meijer stores in Michigan and Midwest sometimes have them. Crunchy and sweet!

Second favorite is Red Delicious if you can find good ones that haven't turned mealy (not easy!). Honeycrisp are pretty good, too. Pink Lady's are too dense and veggie-like for my taste. - Rusty
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/04 16:32:15 (permalink)

Honey crisps are great for eating freash, but like the delicious, they tend to mush up when used in Pies or fried.

This year is really exciting for us as about a dozen of our Apple trees are showing bunches of tiny little apples taking shape. I hate thinning fruit. I always feel that the ones I trim out would have been the biggest and the best ! But they are growing in clumps of 5 or 6 and to get large healthy Apples we need to thin them to just a couple in the clump. So far no deer in the orchard...but two large Mockingbirds have checked out the area and will be back when the cherries start to ripen. Time to stock up on some Bottle Rockets!
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/04 16:59:52 (permalink)
Mr. Mayor, how are the Granny Smith's and Arkansas Blacks coming along. Mamaw Smith ask specifically about the Granny Smith's. I wonder why???

I got a feeling that while you are on your 28 day trip, squirrels, rabbits, deer, fruit eating birds and whatever will raid your garden. Just kidding.

Have a good trip and I plan on being in your area around apple picking time

Incidentally, Mockingbirds are insect eaters and they may just be your best friends in your trees.

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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/04 17:10:29 (permalink)
http://www.vintagevirginiaapples.com/apples/redastrachan.htm
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/04 17:41:24 (permalink)

Paul,
The Granny Smith's just finished their second winter. I see a few apples on a couple of the trees (we have 14 granny Smiths) but they will be just a token sample this year. Hopefully by next year some of them will be coming on-line for a good crop.
I have one Arkansas Black tree. It hasn't done anything before this spring (5th year), but now it shows a number of fruit clusters with several apples forming in each cluster. As I said before I hate to thin these little guys, but have to in order to get some decent sized apples.
We should be back before the Cherries are fully ripe and for sure before any apples are ready. I see several Asian Pears starting on the 2 trees we have also!
You want to tree-sit my orchard for a few weeks? I'll supply the bottle rockets to keep the crows out of here!
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/04 17:50:17 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Sundancer7

Incidentally, Mockingbirds are insect eaters and they may just be your best friends in your trees.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

"It's a sin to kill a Mockingbird" Addicus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird"
I just re-read this Pulitzer prize winner and had to comment. I apologize for the hi-jack. I guess to answer the thread I love to munch Golden Dee-licious and to cook I'm a pure Granny Smith. As a kid we had apple trees that I loved. They had a real white flesh except just under the skin where the red "bled" into the white "bout a 1/4 inch. Sweet/Tart with a real nice crunch. Mama used to make an apple-walnut cobbler that I can still smell cooking,mmmmmm! I wish I knew what they were but I've not had them in years.
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/04 22:56:13 (permalink)
I've used several different types for apple pies, but my favorite for pies is Braeburn. Second favorite would be Rome.
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/04 23:34:40 (permalink)

Our one Rome Beauty is a few weeks behind all the other trees. They have flowered and set fruit...and here comes the Rome beauty covered with blossoms. I hope they get enough pollen exchanged to set some fruit on this one too. Rome beauties are the greatest of the baking apples!
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/04 23:57:57 (permalink)
I wanna hear from Granny Smith!
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/14 00:55:53 (permalink)
Keepsake is definitely #1. Other worthy choices, given how rarely we have my favorite, Honey Crisp (also only in season), Ginger Gold, McIntosh (only within first few weeks of the season). I had an amazing sour, crisp, funky apple in Wisconsin last fall, Golden Russet from an orchard near Gays Mills; wish I could find them here, that might be a new favorite. Love apples, probably my favorite fruit.
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/16 19:03:52 (permalink)
Braeburn and/or Fuji.

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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/24 22:33:49 (permalink)
royal gala and honey crisp.
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/29 12:42:03 (permalink)
granny smiths
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2006/05/29 15:02:52 (permalink)
Honey crisp and Pacific rose's are the best. Hard to find the Pacific rose, though.
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2008/10/14 14:09:00 (permalink)
I was just given a fresh picked MUTSU apple, and I'm eating it now, it is so good! I looked it up, apparently its also called CRISPIN. Sweet, very very crisp and large, I like it better than FUJI and thats been a favorite along with GOLDEN DELICIOUS for years.
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2008/10/14 14:17:08 (permalink)
I'm jammin on a fresh crop Braeburn. Fuji or Pink Lady are nice too.
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2008/10/14 14:24:42 (permalink)
Braeburn
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2008/10/14 14:48:02 (permalink)
Choices, choices, choices

my local orchard has 32 different varieties in stock as we speak.

My fav's:

Winesap (Turley or Staymen)
Winter Banana
Swiss Gourmet
Braeburn
Melrose
Black Twig
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2008/10/14 14:51:02 (permalink)
Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, we don't get a LARGE variety of apples here. I'm very curious how the Winter Banana tastes. I'm sure I'll never see any here.
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2008/10/14 15:03:16 (permalink)
We picked Ida Red again this year...it's mostly a cooking apple,because it's a little tart, like a good Macintosh...but we love them for eating...and they keep a long time!!!
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RE: What is your favorite apple? 2008/10/14 16:32:41 (permalink)
Braeburns first, then Stayman Winesaps, then Fujis.

If you're ever in the Gettysburg/Carlisle area of Pennsylvania in the fall, check out Peters Orchard on Route 94 just south of the Adams/Cumberland County line. They have an amazing variety of apples, more than I've found at any of the other local farm/orchard stands.
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