Apples on our trees

The harvest is still a couple months ahead of us, but this variety turns red long before it is fully ripe. It took quite a few years to get these Semi-dwarf Apple trees to bear fruit, but now each one usually produces many bushels. They were one of the first things we planted, when we bought our land, and started building the house and farmstead. Sound apples, of the later varieties, will keep just as they are in the cellar for most of the Winter. I preserve bushels of apples as sauce by cooking them slowly in an 18 quart electric roaster oven over night, straining out the skins, and canning them in a water bath canner. Cider making is another way to keep that marvelous flavor. Apple pies were made from dried apples in earlier times, and can still be today.

Apples on our trees
August 4, 2007