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Growing and Caring for Apple Trees, Apple Varieties. Troubleshooting Apple Trees. Preparing and Preserving Apples, Apple Recipes.

Growing Apples

Growing Apples

Growing Apple Trees In The yard. Selection, cultivation, proper planting techniques, fertilizer, pruning, disease control prevention, control common pests of apple trees.

Fall Planting of Apple Trees. Apple Trees most certainly can be planted in the Fall in most climates, zones 5 or warmer. If your first killer frost comes in late September or Early October you should wait for the spring. A Goldilocks climate zone, not too hot hot, not too cold but just right. An area that will accommodate Apple Trees - not so warm where the trees can't go through cold stratification or too cold where they can't survive.

Starting Apple Trees from Seed. If you've got a sense of curiosity, a smidgen of audacious courage, and a hefty glob of patience you might want to try growing apples from seed. I say patience because it will be about 5 to 6 years possibly as long as a decade before you get any apples.

Apple Varieties

Edible Crab Apple Varieties. Crab apples and Apples are the same species, but different cultivars. An apple that's over 2 inches round is considered an apple, while anything smaller is a crab apple. They are both edible, although crab apples got a bad rep due to the bitter and pithy taste of ornamental varieties commonly grown.

Honey-Crisp Apple were developed at the University of Minnesota from the 1960s into the early 90s . It is prized by commercial growers for its shelf life, color retention, firmness and flavor. One advantageous result of its breeding is that it has larger membranes that rupture when bitten into and fill the mouth with a tartly sweet juice.

Yellow Transparent Apple, Sometimes known as Glass Apple due to its semi transparent skin, was imported by the USDA from Russia in the late 1800's in an effort to introduce very cold-hardy varieties that could be raised successfully in colder northern latitudes.


Preserving Apples, Apple Recipes

Preserving Apples. The best apples are fresh off the tree, but that only lasts for a few months. Apples can be made into a variety of preserves for year round use. Jams and Jellies, Pie fillings, and more. Freezing and Drying apples is another way to preserve them for future use.

Freezing Apples. Preserving Apples by freezing while preventing oxidation

Drying Apples. How to Preserve Apples by Dehydrating - Drying.

Apple Jelly. To make the best apple jelly, you'll need the finest ingredients. Start with sweet apples, not tart or sour varieties. Choose apples that are naturally sweet, Red Delicious, Rome, etc. A mixture of sweet varieties is preferable.

Honey Apple Jelly. This is a simple but unusual mellow flavored jelly. If you use a strong-flavored honey, the honey flavor will predominate. if you use a lighter honey such as clover honey, the apple flavor will be more prevalent.

Apple Butter Apple butter is basically Apple sauce in an extremely concentrated form. It is made by slowly cooking apples with water and cider as well as assorted spices to a point where the natural sugar found in apples caramelizes. The concentrated sugar gives apple butter a much longer shelf life as opposed to apple sauce.

Making Apple Cider The main difference between Apple Cider and Apple Juice is filtration. Apple juice has been excessively filtered to attain a clear liquid. Apple cider is a form of raw apple juice that has not been filtered to remove pulp and sediment.

Apple Cheesecake Pie. Cheesecake is a sweet dish that's Smooth and rich, heavy and easily swallowed. A good Cheesecake melts in your mouth and leaves you yearning for more.

Apple Pie Filling. In addition to pies this filling can also be used with a number of tarts and assorted pastries.

Pickled Crab Apples. This recipe does not work well with common "ornamental" crab apple varieties. Edible crab apple varieties bear fruit that are in the vicinity 2 inches round, ornamental varieties are generally the size of a cherry or even smaller and frequently quite bitter.