While staying out here on the farm, I've been dealing with a lot of autumn apples. I don't know the particular varieties they have out here, but they range from small and yellow-green and tart to medium-sized, golden red and yellow.
But I got to experience an even wider range of locally-grown heirloom apple varieties over the weekend, at Appleberry Farm, a pick-your-own operation in nearby Cross Plains, WI. Although they only had two commercial varieties growing on the trees that we could pick ourselves (MacIntosh and Cortland), they had a wide range of heirloom apples inside that you could also buy.
Who knew there were such exciting and delicious apples?! See for yourselves:
There were Duchess of Oldenburg and Chenango Strawberry:
Paula Red and Gravenstein:
Tetofsky and JonaMac:
Ashmeads Kernel ("a treat for the apple connoisseur") and McMahon:
I tried about half of these, and especially liked the Gravenstein, with its juicy, sweet/tart flavor.
And now I have to find time to do something with the rest of the apples I picked! Dried apples? Applesauce? Apple pie? Ooh, I know apple cheddar scones! (back with those tomorrow)
Any apple varieties you all particularly love? Or apple recipes for fall?