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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

My Apple Tree

 There is a very old variety apple tree on our place.  It is one of the historic varieties that only bears fruit every other year.  This year we have a bumper crop.  The apples are especially good sized because we pruned away about 1/3of the tree in order to make way for our landscaping renovations.  The deer have been coming around and eating every apple that falls off the tree.  A fox spent about 20 minutes eating apples under the tree recently, also.  Two years ago, our tree attracted a black bear that was later shot and killed by a neighbor (much to my dismay).  I figured this year I would retrieve at least a few of this year's crop......

I am not sure what to do with them, though.  Some years I have made applesauce, but we are not really very big fans of it.  These are large enough to warrant peeling for a pie, but again, we are not really eating desserts except for special occasions.  I tried juicing them and the result was a rather tart but fairly bland beverage and a really big mess in the kitchen afterward......hmmmmm.  I have been told these are Transparents, which I looked up.  A Russian apple, dating back around 1850, give or take. 

4 comments:

:Diane said...

Sliced with a mandolin and dried to a sweet crunchiness would be my choice.

Cynthia St Charles said...

Yes, I was thinking of apple slices in the dehydrator, also (don't have a mandolin). My grandson loves dried apples and I do think I may try it. These apples might be very good that way. Will let you know how they turn out.

Margaret Cooter said...

We have an apple tree and every year make a supply of chutney - great to have on a cheese sandwich, or with a curry dish. Many combinations with other fruit/vegetables are possible.

bunks said...

I dry apples and other fruit and we use it to put in our porridge every morning.