Learn about Apples: Empire, Golden Delicious, and Fuji

Learn about Apples:

Empire, Golden Delicious, and Fuji Apples

What happens when you cross a Red Delicious apple and a McIntosh apple?  An Empire apple!  Developed in New York in 1966, Empire apples have a red and green exterior with white markings.  The sweet-tart taste brings the best flavors of Red Delicious and McIntosh together.  The crunchy texture makes it popular choice for pies.  Additionally, Empires are great in salads, sauce, baking and freezing.

Golden Delicious are a unique yellow and green skinned apple that is an American classic.  It is a mellow and sweet apple that hit the market in 1914.  The Stark brothers marketed it as a companion to Red Delicious apples.  A bit on the delicate side, take care when storing Golden Delicious. Versatile in its usage, Golden Delicious are great for salads, apple sauce, and apple butter.

Widely grown and very popular, Fuji apples originated in Japan.  A cross between Red Delicious and Ralls Janet apples, Fuji apples were developed in the 1930’s and were made available in the US in the 1960’s. The word Fuji means ‘wealthy’ or ‘abundant’ in Japan.

Fuji’s are a large, heavy, firm apple.  They have a red exterior with some striping and yellow or green undertones.  Crisp and juicy, Fuji’s are one of the sweetest apple varieties available.  With a longer shelf life than most, Fuji apples are great for eating, baking, and making sauces.  They also pair well with cheese and are great in salads.

Come out to Apple Holler and pick some of these great apples!

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Learn about Gala and McIntosh Apples

Gala and McIntosh apples

gala appleGala apples originated on the other side of the world in New Zealand.  Gala apples are believed to be a cross between Golden Delicious and Kidd’s Orange Red apples.  Brought to the USA in the 1970’s, Gala apples are one of the most widely grown apples globally.

Gala’s have a  golden yellow and red exterior with a slightly yellow interior color.  They have a mildly sweet flavor and crisp texture.  Known as a good snacking apple they are also good for baking, juicing and freezing….. read more

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How We Grow Series – Twisting the Apple

How We Grow Series:

How to properly pick an Apple

Apple Holler is unlike any other orchard. Our efforts in being ecologically-friendly help us grow our one-of-a-kind apples each year. In honor of apple season, we would like to share how we maintain our orchard to make it safe and the best it can be for all customers. We are now introducing a new series called “How We Grow”, which will give you an inside look at our processes. This week we are showing the correct way to pick an apple from our 30,000 trees!

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples on the outside of the tree will ripen first. An apple is ripe enough to pick if it separates easily from the branch. Another way to check to see if an apple is truly ripe is to taste it, which is included in your Apple Holler experience fee!

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Apple Holler has great early ripening all-purpose apples: Paula Red, Zestar!TM & Red Free

Apple Holler has great early ripening all-purpose apples:  Paula Red, Zestar!TM & Red Free

In 1960 Lewis Arends, a Michigan farmer, discovered the first Paula Red tree near his orchard of McIntosh trees.  He named the variety after his wife Paula.  They officially hit the market in 1968.

paula red apples treePaula Red apples ripen in late summer and early fall.  These apples are red with yellow spots.  They taste sweeter than McIntosh but are still tart and juicy.  Paula red apples are good for eating and cooking….. read more

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What’s better than Honeycrisp apples?  Premier Honeycrisp apples!

What’s better than Honeycrisp apples?  Premier Honeycrisp apples!

Premier HoneycrispHoneycrisp apples are coming early this year!  Newly developed Premier Honeycrisp apples are specifically developed to ripen a full 21 days earlier than the standard Honeycrisp (which is ready Mid-September).  With the same great flavor, you can now enjoy Honeycrisp apples earlier than ever before….. read more

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Apple Holler’s Guide to Apple Picking

Apple Holler’s Farm Tours boy in apple orchard

Ever wonder how to pick the perfect apple?  Apple Holler’s Guide to Apple Picking will tell you all that you need to know.  For 30 years Apple Holler has cultivated the juiciest, tastiest apples around.  But there is more to the experience than just buying apples.  Each year we invite you and your family to come spend a day at the farm picking apples and enjoying family friendly activities.

With dwarf trees, it is easy for anyone to pick apples at Apple Holler. With many branches close to the ground even small children can join in on the fun….. read more

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What you need to know about Pristine & Sansa Apples!

Sansa ApplesWe are going to tell you what you need to know about Pristine & Sansa Apples!  Early season apples are known as good cooking apples but not for eating fresh.  Pristine & Sansa apples happen to be good for both!

Pristine apples ripen in early to mid-August.  They are a hybrid variety developed from Golden Delicious, Rome and McIntosh apples.  Developed in the 1970’s in Indiana, they were introduced to the market in 1994….. read more

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Cortland, Empire & Jonathan Apples

It’s hard to believe that we are more than half-way through apple picking season. Don’t fret though, there are still some wonderful apples coming into their peak season; we wanted to share a bit of information on Cortland, Empire & Jonathan Apples.

cortland appleCortland Apple

When it comes to being a popular apple, Cortland ranks right up there with the best of them; it is among the top 15 most popular apples in the United States.  Cortland apples are a cultivar of apple and were first produced at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York in 1898. Cortland apples were named for the nearby Cortland County, New York, and are one of the most commonly produced apples in the state of New York….. read more

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The Legend of Johnny Appleseed

If you have visited Apple Holler Farm Park recently, you will have seen and perhaps taken part in the Johnny Appleseed History Walk. In this blog post, we thought we would go a bit deeper into The Legend of Johnny Appleseed and give you a peek into who the real man was.

An apple a day keeps the doctor awayIf you ask someone to describe Johnny Appleseed and his legacy, chances are good that you will hear the following “ he was a man who wore tattered clothing, wore a tin pot on his head, skipped through fields, sprinkling apple seeds almost like they were fairy dust, leaving behind in his wake fields of apple trees.

Not quite…

Let’s begin with his real name, which was John Chapman. John was born in Massachusetts on September 26, 1774.  He grew up during the midst of the Revolutionary War; in fact his father served as a minuteman at the Battle of Bunker Hill and helped construct the defenses of New York again the British with George Washington.  His father would go on to survive the war (John’s mother had died when he was only 2 years old) and return home in 1780, where he began to teach his son the trade of farming….. read more

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Jersey Mac Apples and Viking Apples

Who’s ready for some apple picking?  As we write this blog post it is near 90 and very humid, but that doesn’t mean that apple picking time isn’t right around the corner for us at Apple Holler.  We are picking Jersey Mac Apples and Viking Apples.

With 78 acres, 30,000 dwarf apple trees, and more than 30 varieties to choose from, we are fortunate to get an early start on having folks come out to pick apples.  Each and every apple variety is different from the other and we wanted to take this season to highlight each and every apple that is ready to be harvested.

We thought we would take the opportunity in our weekly blogs to inform you of what apples are either ready or just about ready to be harvested.  Additionally, we will share how best to use that apple, whether it is a good cooking or baking apple, how best to store it, and then give you a recipe that will work great with that apple.  Finally, we will share a healthy tip on why apples are good for you.

So let’s get started with our first apples of the season, the Jersey Mac Apples and Viking Apples…. read more

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