Saturday, July 22, 2006
We picked some Yellow Transparent apples at the farm, too. Yellow Transparents are a fairly old variety, you hardly ever see them anymore. They are a little on the small side, but they are the first apple I know of ready in the summer, and they are the absolute best for pie. The tart flavor blends with brown sugar.
You have to cut them by hand, the apple peeler/corer just takes out too much of the middle of the apple. E says I'm crazy for even picking them. Looking at the tree I estimated 4-5 bushels - I was WAY off. We brought home one bushel. E says they always look bigger on the tree, from far away. When you get up close you realize that one is rotten, and another has bug bites, and the third is split, so you only put one out of four in the basket. And since our trees are the standard variety, not dwarf, we don't go all the way to the top in ladders, so we don't harvest the whole tree.
The deer will enjoy them.