About Our Apples
Most of the apples are “multipurpose”. That is, they are good for eating (depending on your taste) and cooking. Some make a softer, apple sauce type pie, and others a lumpier pie. Bramleys (Bramleys Seedling) is an old English cooking apple and makes a good pie. Some people mix with other varieties in pie. About 2 pounds yield a 9-inch pie.
See also under “availability” for a description of some of the apples.
Most early season apples store only a month or two. Late season apples will store for several months, particularly if kept cool. We are eating some in April from the previous season. When cut up and bagged they freeze well and are ready for pie making. Also, if you are making jelly and are short of time, you can make the juice now and freeze it until a more convenient time to finish making the jelly.
Did you know? Apples of each variety are grafted onto a root-stock. The grafted wood (which becomes the main part of the tree on which the fruit grows) perpetuates the variety (i.e. spartan, mutsu etc.) and the root-stock controls the ultimate size of the tree (standard, dwarf, semi-dwarf etc). So apples are not normally reproduced from seedlings. Of course it is from seedlings that new varieties generally arise … seedlings that are discovered to be flavorful, disease resistant etc. which are then perpetuated by grafting. Most of our trees, like in most orchards now, are dwarf or semi-dwarf in size (4 to12 ft in height)… easier to care for and pick.
Note: If you have yellow transparent or gravenstein apples, or some of the other less common varieties perhaps, we might want to to buy some from you. It is possible that we could even arrange to pick them. This way we can help some of our customers who are anxious for these varieties but we only have a limited supply. Help us share some of the less common but still desirable varieties. Call 250-474-5043.
If you want to inquire about favorite varieties, contact us as if we are in short supply of some of the more unusual varieties we may not even announce their availability on the website.