If you love apples, apple festivals, and orchards or have an apple variety you need identified, I have a great resource for you!
We were blessed and excited this fall to have kindly neighbors that shared with us from their gnarly, old apple tree that is never sprayed with chemicals and that is a variety with a natural disease resistance.
Our curiosity got the better of us as to the variety of apple, though, because this is one really neat tree! The apples are firm, plump, have very little insect or disease problems; they taste a lot like Granny Smith apples – firm and sweet-tart – but with a blush of red.
So, I started looking online.
While investigating what variety they were, we found the terrific Orange Pippin website for identifying (or purchasing) almost ANY apple variety.
Orange Pippin aims to be the most comprehensive resource for apples and orchards:
- Information on over 600 apple varieties, with user reviews
- Listings for over 2,000 apple orchards, with easy to use search and mapping capabilities. Find orchards worldwide that grow an apple variety you may be looking for.
- Apple resource information such as: health studies, backyard orchard articles and recipes.
- 800+ member forum board to discuss various topics surrounding orchards, apples and tree care.
We found out that our neighbors Mr. and Mrs. V’s apples are Pixies! They were introduced in 1947 in England. They are self-sterile, ripen late, and store for 3-4 months. They are a highly aromatic and an all-round lovely apple.
These are a samples of their identification photos. On the Orange Pippin site, most apple varieties are shown like this.
These beauties promise to be great for baking, apple butter, and canning or freezing as pie filling. You can see in this photo that there is little to no insect or disease damage to the fruit, so for me that means they will be easy to process.
The first thing I did was to make homemade apple butter, and it proved to be true … this apple is a time-saver!
I was so happy with the disease-resistance and lack of bug damage that I left the skins on and after cooking them down used a stick blender. You would never know there were any skins once blended. It is a delightful help in cooking!
If you have an old apple tree that you want to find out more about, Orange Pippin is all you may ever need.
Have fun learning and bon appetit!
“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness. ~Jane Austen