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When Apples Are in Season

Published on
29 April 2020
Chef Silvano
Chef Silvano

When apples are in season, there’s a magical transformation in the air. It’s as if Mother Nature herself waves her wand, and orchards burst into a symphony of colors. The trees, once adorned with nothing but leaves, now bear the weight of plump, juicy apples, hanging like ornaments on nature’s own Christmas tree.

In a small, picturesque town nestled in the heart of an apple-growing region, there lived a family named the Andersons. The Andersons were known far and wide for their apple orchard, which had been in their family for generations. Every year, when the apples were in season, the Andersons’ orchard became a haven for apple enthusiasts, families, and friends.

As the crisp autumn breeze carried the scent of ripe apples through the town, the Andersons would open their orchard to visitors. They’d set up tables with apple pies, apple cider, and baskets for picking. The orchard, with its rows of trees, was a sea of reds, yellows, and greens, like a vibrant patchwork quilt.

Children, with their faces lit up in excitement, would reach for the lowest branches, plucking the apples that were within their tiny arms’ reach. Parents would help their little ones, offering guidance on which apples were the juiciest and sweetest. The sound of laughter and delighted chatter filled the orchard, creating a symphony of joy.

The Andersons were not just known for their apples; they were also famous for their apple cider. Mr. Anderson, a jovial man with a white beard that would put Santa Claus to shame, operated an old-fashioned cider press. Visitors gathered around to watch as he worked his magic, turning apples into liquid gold. The sweet aroma of freshly pressed apple cider wafted through the air, enticing everyone.

Amidst the festivities, there was a friendly apple pie baking competition. Families and friends would enter their prized apple pie recipes, hoping to win the coveted blue ribbon. The judges had a tough job, as each pie was a labor of love, filled with the essence of the season itself.

As the sun began to set over the orchard, families sat on picnic blankets, savoring slices of warm apple pie topped with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. The sky turned shades of orange and pink, and the air grew cooler. It was a perfect ending to a day filled with the simple pleasures of life.

When apples are in season, it’s not just about the fruit; it’s about the memories created and the bonds strengthened. It’s about celebrating the harvest, sharing laughter, and finding joy in the beauty of nature. For the Andersons and their small town, the apple season was a reminder of the simple joys that made life sweet.

Red Delicious Apples From Our Garden

  1. Red Delicious: Red Delicious apples are one of the most recognizable apple varieties. They are typically in season from late summer to early fall, usually from September to October. However, they are often available in stores year-round due to cold storage.
  2. Gala: Gala apples are known for their sweet and crisp flesh. They are usually in season from late summer to early fall, with a peak harvest period in September.
  3. Fuji: Fuji apples are sweet, firm, and great for snacking. They are generally available from late fall through early winter, with a peak season in October and November.
  4. Honeycrisp: Honeycrisp apples are prized for their sweet-tart flavor and crisp texture. They are typically in season from late summer to early fall, with prime harvest time in September.
  5. Pink Lady: Pink Lady apples, also known as Cripps Pink, are known for their pinkish-red skin and sweet-tart flavor. They are typically harvested in the late fall and can be found in stores from November through early spring.
  6. Braeburn: Braeburn apples have a sweet-tart flavor and are in season from late fall to early winter, usually from October to December.
  7. Jonagold: Jonagold apples are a cross between Jonathan and Golden Delicious apples. They have a sweet and slightly tart flavor and are usually in season from late summer to early fall, with a peak season in September and October.
  8. Stayman: Stayman apples are often used for baking and have a rich, tart flavor. They are in season from late fall through the winter months.
Please Note

Please note that these seasons can vary depending on your specific location and climate conditions. It’s a good idea to check with local orchards or farmers’ markets for the most accurate information on when specific red apple varieties are in season in your area.

How to Store Apples and Keep Them Fresh

Storing apples properly is essential to keep them fresh and flavorful for an extended period. Here are some tips on how to store apples:

  1. Choose the Right Apples: Different apple varieties have varying storage lives. Some apples, like Granny Smith and Fuji, are known for their longer storage capabilities. Others are better for immediate consumption. If you want apples to last, choose varieties suited for storage.
  2. Keep Them Cool: Apples should be stored at a cool temperature, ideally between 32°F (0°C) and 40°F (4.5°C). Store them in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator, if you have space. Apples emit ethylene gas, which can affect other fruits and vegetables. So keep them separate or store them in a produce drawer with high humidity settings.
  3. Wrap or Bag Them: Apples can release moisture, which can lead to moisture loss and shriveling. It’s easy to prevent this. Individually wrap each apple in a paper towel. Or place them in perforated plastic bags with a few small holes to allow for air circulation. This helps maintain humidity and prevents condensation inside the bag.
  4. Remove Damaged Apples: Check your stored apples regularly for any signs of spoilage or rot. If you notice one apple starting to go bad, remove it immediately to prevent it from affecting the others.
  5. Keep Away from Strong Odors: Apples can absorb odors from other foods. So try to keep them away from strong-smelling foods like onions and garlic.
  6. Use a Root Cellar (If Available): If you have access to a root cellar, use it. It’s an excellent place to store apples as it provides the ideal cool and humid conditions for long-term storage.
  7. Store Whole Apples: It’s best to store apples whole and unpeeled. Cutting or peeling apples can cause them to oxidize and brown more quickly.
  8. Consider Freezing or Canning: If you have an abundance of apples, no worries. You can freeze slices or make applesauce, apple butter, or apple pie filling and can them for longer-term storage.
  9. Rotate Your Stock: When buying or storing apples, use the “first in, first out” principle. Consume the older apples before the fresher ones to avoid waste.
Please Note

Remember that some apple varieties are better suited for long-term storage than others. Varieties like Granny Smith, Fuji, Stayman, and Braeburn tend to store well, while softer and juicier varieties may have a shorter storage life. By following these tips, you can enjoy fresh apples for an extended period, even after the harvest season has passed.

Apple Recipes

Are you ready to embark on a culinary journey through the world of apples? 🍏🍎 Imagine sinking your teeth into a warm, cinnamon-infused apple pie, or savoring the sweet-tart bite of a caramel apple. If your taste buds are tingling with anticipation, you’re in the right place! We’ve curated a collection of mouthwatering apple recipes that will take your apple-loving heart on a delicious adventure. From comforting classics to innovative twists, these recipes will make your kitchen the apple of your eye. So, without further ado, let’s dive into a bushel of apple-inspired culinary delights! Click on the following apple recipes and get ready to unleash your inner apple aficionado.” 🍏🍎🥧🍏🍎


Grandma’s Covered Apple Pie

Picture this

A cozy kitchen, filled with the irresistible scent of warm spices, where memories of laughter and love linger in the air. In the heart of this kitchen stands a seasoned baker, your beloved Grandma, armed with a rolling pin and a secret family recipe. The star of the show? Grandma’s Covered Apple Pie.

This isn’t just any apple pie

It’s a slice of nostalgia, a taste of tradition, and a testament to the generations of culinary wisdom passed down through your family. From the flaky, golden crust that cradles the tender apple filling to the aroma that fills the room as it bakes to perfection, this pie embodies the essence of home.

Join us on a journey through time and taste as we unveil the cherished recipe for Grandma’s Covered Apple Pie. Every bite is a step back in time, a warm hug from your past, and a promise of delicious memories yet to be made. So, don your apron, roll up your sleeves, and let’s dive into the heartwarming world of Grandma’s Covered Apple Pie – a true labor of love, just like Grandma herself. 🍏🥧❤️