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Old 03-28-2015, 07:11 PM   #11
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I remember red and golden delicious from years back - they were fabulous. So juicy and crisp they sounded like a block of ice cracking when you bit into one. I don't buy them anymore. When I lived in Washington state for a couple of years in the 90's, they were good. Nowadays, I usually buy honeycrisp, pinklady, or granny smiths.
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Old 03-28-2015, 09:27 PM   #12
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The apple did come from Eastern Washington State. The state borders the Pacific Ocean and BC in Canada. I use to go with a bunch of girls and kids to pick them. It was an all day trip over the Cascades Mountains. But we would have a blast. Eastern Washington is known for their apples. A lot of people in the states will look for that sticker on the apple. I am one of those folks. Their apples are really superior. That area is also known for growing hops for beer making. Again, those hops are top quality and wanted by all beer makers. It is the soil that makes the difference. Mostly desert, very sandy soil that has been treated with feed for the trees.

So you did get a great apple.
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Old 03-28-2015, 11:11 PM   #13
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The apple did come from Eastern Washington State. The state borders the Pacific Ocean and BC in Canada. I use to go with a bunch of girls and kids to pick them. It was an all day trip over the Cascades Mountains. But we would have a blast. Eastern Washington is known for their apples. A lot of people in the states will look for that sticker on the apple. I am one of those folks. Their apples are really superior. That area is also known for growing hops for beer making. Again, those hops are top quality and wanted by all beer makers. It is the soil that makes the difference. Mostly desert, very sandy soil that has been treated with feed for the trees.

So you did get a great apple.
New strains of yummy apples age being produced in the U.S. My home state, Michigan, is the creator of the Honey Crisp apple. It is crisp and full of flavor. Our Johnathons, and Granny Smith are still tart and great. Then there are the Pink Ladies, the Braeburns (a personal favorite) and some that I just can't remember the name of.

Sadly, some of the best apples are now being grown by members-only-club farms. You have to be a part of a particular farming coop to be able to grow them. This limits the availability of the premium apple, and thus raises the price.

I really hate that greed seems to control business.

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Old 03-28-2015, 11:50 PM   #14
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True Chief. You have the soil left from the old ice age pushing and crushing the stones. As a result you have rich soil there.

Eastern Washington growers are presently working with antique seeds. None of them have hit the market so far. I often buy antique tomatoes and there is a big difference in taste. They were brought back from antique seeds that someone had the sense to save. And the same with the apples. I hope when and if they hit the market, the taste difference is the same as the tomatoes.

I wouldn't be surprised to find that the "member only" clubs are working with antique seeds also. And they think they are keeping it secret. Have I got news for them. I only buy Granny Smith apples for the pies. Sometimes I will toss in one or two Jonathan or some other tart apple. But if I find after a small taste test that the GS apples are TOO tart, I will toss in a couple of sweet eating apples. They do turn to mush, but that is okay with me. It helps to absorb some of the liquid the apples exude.

For apple sauce I make it an even mixture of sweet and tart. I like to add my own sugar. Or not!

We have a small production of apples here in Mass. and so does NY. But I do think that apples from anywhere but the East Coast has to be better. Every time I have gone picking apples here, the apples just seem small to me compared to what Washington sends us. Unfortunately Washington is the only state that labels their product.
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Old 03-29-2015, 12:32 AM   #15
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I read this aloud to DH. He loved it, thanks Aunt Bea!
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:13 PM   #16
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New strains of yummy apples age being produced in the U.S. My home state, Michigan, is the creator of the Honey Crisp apple. It is crisp and full of flavor. Our Johnathons, and Granny Smith are still tart and great. Then there are the Pink Ladies, the Braeburns (a personal favorite) and some that I just can't remember the name of.

Sadly, some of the best apples are now being grown by members-only-club farms. You have to be a part of a particular farming coop to be able to grow them. This limits the availability of the premium apple, and thus raises the price.

I really hate that greed seems to control business.

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You definitely need the cooler climate for those honey crisp apples. The ones grown here in NC are tasteless and terrible. We do have good apples that grow in this climate, but I don't think that they will ever be as good as the ones from the north.

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Old 03-30-2015, 04:40 AM   #17
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The ones grown in Eastern Washington have the perfect climate. They are grown in the desert where they get plenty of sunshine. Then at night, if you have ever been in the desert at night, the temperature plummets and it is cold enough for the trees. As you come down out of the Cascade Mountains, you are right in the desert. During winter some of the mountain weather goes right down to the desert. It makes for perfect apples.

So you are right BC. As well as the right soil, you do need the right weather conditions.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:59 PM   #18
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Julian Apples

There are some fantastic apple orchards in Julian, CA - up in the mountains of San Diego, CA.

They grow so many different varieties and the apple pies made from their apples are simply to die for.

Some of the orchards are "U-Pick" while others sell their produce in fruit stands at the orchards or farmer's markets in town. We used to do U-Pick with school field trips. Ahh the memories of home.
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Addie, why would they grow apples in a desert? They need plenty of water to make them juicy? I don't know about decades ago, but currently it looks like all apple production is in the western half of the state.

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Couple years ago our Sam'club had some apples in that I have never seen. I gave it a try. Oh my, they were amazing. I never eat skin on any apples, the skins are just too disgusting, not on those green babies. It was absolutely amazing Apple. They were native to Washington state, according to Sir Google. Unfortunately like many things that I like I have never seen them again. The only good thing, here in MN, there are a lot of new apples developed by University of MN.


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