Since we've processed all 150 pounds of gifted apples, it's finally time to start harvesting the apples from our own tiny trees!
Now, we put in our apple trees just a few years ago and this is the first year we've really seen them be successful! I'm not sure if it was the warm spring or simply that they're maturing well (or a combination of both), but their growth this year has been quite amazing!
Each tree holds Gala, Granny Smith, Red Fuji and Golden Delicious apples. The winning branch this year, in term of volume of apples, was the golden delicious, which we've been enjoying in mini-harvests for the past several weeks. So crisp and sweet and juicy! Magic!
|A diagram of where each variety grows and the best uses for each.|
I tend to forget which variety grows where when there aren't
actual apples on the tree!
- Red Fuji = 1 lb 9 oz (10 apples)
- Granny Smith = 6 lb 10 oz (25 apples)
- Gala = 8 lb (37 apples)
- Golden Delicious = 19 lb 9 oz (82 apples)
That's right - a total of over 35 pounds of apples from our little trees just this week! Not a bad haul for our little trees :-) Especially since there are still some on the trees to harvest later!
|Red Fuji, Granny Smith, Gala, Golden Delicious|
Now, since apples are in abundance this year, we're thinking that we will save our own apples for eating fresh (apple slices and almond butter or apple and cheese slices are among my absolute favorite snacks!) and use any additional apples we're given for preserving (I'd like to make some more Apple Pie in a Jar and try some dried/dehydrated apple slices).
|Golden Delicious, Red Fuji, Granny Smith, Gala|
What about you? Are the apples bountiful in your area? If so, how are you handling the bounty this year? I'd love to hear your tricks and favorite recipes!