Over the years various critters have been spreading the apple seeds around.
That way, it is hard to say whether our trees are planted or self-sown apple trees.
So far, we have found about 5 different sorts of apples on our property.
It is not easy to find out what kind of apples that might be, but I am pretty much convinced that they are all heirloom apples, and all are grown without any use of pesticides.
The one to the right is a good cooking apple and stores very well.
The one to the left, showed "ridges" like a bell pepper.
The one in the middle turned out to be a desert apple only.
You will find trees that keep their apples until the middle of December!
Even after a few frosty nights they were still good to eat and tasted delicious.
We harvested most of these late apples on the November 22/2015.
One type of apples: January 22, 2016. The longer these apples
are stored, more pronounced the "ridges" are.
According to a description about late apples they should be very good storage apples. Truth is, they are.We have used these apples since I put them down in a cold room, and
two month later they still taste sweet, fruity and have a mild acidity. Their skin has become more and more waxy, though.
|Old fashioned apples|
Maybe even until March? The tart ones I will make into applesauce.
But we cannot eat them all in time before they will start to rot.
And that would be such a waste!
Therefore I decided to try and make dried apple rings.
|The "apple peeler-corer-slicer-machine"|
on a cookie sheet. I left the peel on for added fibre. I also could have bathed them in lemon juice/water to avoid oxidation, but I didn't have lemon at hand. I former times not all house wives hat access to lemons either.
before I filled them into mason jars.
Making dried apple rings is definitely something I will do again! Next time I also will try the lemon-washed-and-sprinkled-with-cinnamon way of treating the apple slices.
These apple rings turned out delicious!
I you liked this, check out my postings about "non cooking" related stuff.