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We have several apple trees, one of which is a Wolf River. The Wolf River is an apple tree native to Wisconsin and is considered an heirloom fruit. It also bears some of the largest apples in the world. And they are really, really good apples, too. Perfect for pies and cakes and applesauce. The only problem is that they are too big to put into the apple peeler that we have!

That and they don't ripen (for us at least) until this time of year. In fact, I believe that the apples are best if they've been one the tree after it's frozen once or twice. So I'm not sure how good they would be if you raised them further south.

It's finally gotten cold enough that we've started picking the apples. Which is good because Nico -- Yes, I name my trees, and his name is Nico -- Nico was having a few issues keeping his branches up under the weight:

Note: the branches are usually high enough off the ground to walk under.

We're actually giving most of Nico's apples away because we had a bumper crop of apples this year and we've been dealing with bushels and bushels of them. We've eaten apple pie and apple cake and apple bars and apple dumplings. I've canned apples and apple sauce and apple juice and apple butter and apple salsa (my new favorite thing). I've even made mincemeat because it used apples (which turned out well, thank you). I am still going to make apple mustard, but since that uses apple butter, I have time. Oh. And I'm going to make apple wine out of the juice that we have.

Still though, Nico is full of apples and I'm running out of things to make. We've even started storing them, individually wrapped, in the vegetable cellar with plans to use them at a later date. However, since we have almost a 100 wealthy apples down there already, we don't have a lot of space. And we need space.

Let me just show you an example of the beauties that Nico gives us:

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg3/partlyk/Farm%20Life/Trees/NicoAppleInches_zps06d414f2.jpg~original http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg3/partlyk/Farm%20Life/Trees/NicoApplePound_zps0ff3fcdf.jpg~original

Not small, these apples. Fun to peel, though. A bit tart to eat (at least for my taste) but great for anything else.

And beautiful, no?


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Oct. 11th, 2013 02:15 am (UTC)
I again lament the lack of a proper transporter/teleporter device! I would dearly love to share in your apple bounty but there's this little thing called geography... ::sigh::

Happy Apple Time!
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