Learn about Apples: Empire, Golden Delicious, and Fuji

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!

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

How We Grow Healthy Apples

bushel basket full of applesMany have asked – How Do We Grow Healthy Apples?

So how do we make sure we grow the healthiest apples possible? We grow our apples with an earth-friendly method called IPM (Integrated Pest Management).

IPM is a method of pest management used to help farmers anticipate and prevent pest outbreaks so that crops growing can be more environmentally safe and economically sound. It is based on using a wide variety of pest management tactics to produce wholesome apples. …. read more