Seasonal Produce: Apple Picking

This past weekend, my family and I decided to take advantage of the lovely autumn weather and go apple picking at a local organic farm. On this bright and beautiful day, we gathered up the baskets, put on our boots and headed out to Gabriel Farm in Sebastopol, CA.

Upon arrival, a tour guide greeted us, walked us around the orchards, and told us what variety of apples were available.
This certified organic farm grows many types of apples as well as persimmons and Asian pears. Although you cannot pick the persimmons and pears yourself, you can buy them in the quaint little gift shop. 

Once we filled our basket to the brim, it was weighed and it came out to an even 15 pounds! We had such a grand time and now we can use what we picked to make wonderful treats. Right now, my brother and I are making some delicious apple butter. I am going to jar the apple butter up and share it with my friends and family. 

Here is a guide to the 10 most popular varieties of apples. For each varietal, I have put the season available (most are ready to pick now), what to look for and what each type is good for. Happy Autumn and I hope you make some lovely apple treats this season!Gala- late summer to early autumn, smaller, red and yellow striped, heart-shaped, very sweet and aromatic, best for making sauce, good for eating, cooking, and making pie, juice, and apple butter.

McIntosh- early autumn, red and light green, sweet, mild flavor, best for making sauce, good for eating and making juice and apple butter.

Honeycrisp- early autumn, red and light green, very sweet and aromatic, best for making juice, very good for making sauce although they are a bit watery, also good for eating and making apple butter.

Golden Delicious- early autumn, yellow, tender skin, white flesh, very good for making sauce, good for eating, cooking and making sauce, juice, pie, and apple butter.

Red Delicious- autumn, thin, bright red skin, white flesh, mild flavor, very good for making sauce, good for eating and making apple butter.

Braeburn- October, look for rich red color and white flesh, very sweet, good for eating, cooking, and making sauce and pie.

Rome- October, very smooth, dark red skin, juicy white flesh, good for cooking and making pie.

Granny Smith- autumn, bright green, very tart, good for eating, cooking and making juice.

Fuji- October, look for yellow-green with red highlights, very sweet, best for making sauce, good for eating, cooking and making pie.

Pink Lady- autumn, rich, pink color with white flesh, very good for making sauce, good for eating, cooking, and making pie, juice, and apple butter.

Information gathered using: http://www.pickyourown.org/apples.htm
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3 Responses to Seasonal Produce: Apple Picking

  1. Definitely a lovely day!

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