Fall Apple Tasting 2021

Apple Season has arrived!

While we won’t have quite that many options on our menu this fall, several varieties of North Carolina apples will be available to all of our members during the coming weeks.  

Our apples come from Lively Orchards Flat Rock, NC

Get your cutting boards ready for this Apple Tasting Flight!

Winesap: Winesap apples are small. very firm, crisp apples. They are great for eating and baking.  They have a slightly spicy flavor that’s great for eating and baking. A member of the rose family (Rosaceae), the Winesap apple is parent to a variety of different strains including the Arkansas Black and Stayman Winesap. Unlike most apple trees, the flower blossoms on the Winesap tree are pink, rather than white.

Golden Delicious:  Excellent for eating fresh, pies & salads; Very good for baking, making apple sauce or apple butter.  Fine, smooth, and crisp. They are consistently sweet with a silky texture and crisp, thin skin

Granny Smith: Bright green skin that is often speckled with faint white lenticels (spots). Medium to large in size and round in shape, they are firm and juicy apples with thick skin. Their flesh is bright white and crisp in texture with a tart, acidic, yet subtly sweet flavor. Granny Smith apples grown in colder climates will often take on a yellow to pink blush.  

Red Delicious: Often considered a dessert apple because of its deliciously sweet and juicy nature.  How can it be that the steadfast Red Delicious is declining in popularity?  Be on the lookout for hybrids of the Red Delicious: Oregon, Otago, Red Chief, Red King, Red Spur, Richared, Starking, Starkrimson, Starkspur.

Rome Apples:  This is a cooking or baking apple, which keeps its shape well in pies and other baked goods. It can be grown in warmer climates. The mature size of the tree depends on the version you choose, dwarf, semi-dwarf, or standard. It is self-pollinating, but other similar blooming varieties nearby will increase fruit production. Potential pollinators would be Fuji, Braeburn, or a crabapple. Rome apples pair well with pork chops, Italian sausage, poultry, pecans, currants, raisins, cinnamon, and maple syrup.