Buffalo Ridge Orchard

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Monday morning on the Orchard

Our morning assessment of five different varieties for ripeness. From left to right we are looking at Fortune, Smoothee, Liberty, Empire, and Crimson Gold.

During apple picking season at the beginning of each week we end up spending the early hours of the morning tasting the upcoming apple varieties in order to establish our pick schedule for the rest of the week.  We start by first cutting each apple in half and looking at the seeds.  Dark brown seeds are one indication that the apple is close to ripe.  Then we taste the apple to see if the texture and taste is ripe.  An unripe apple can have somewhat of a chalky texture.  A few varieties actually have a spongy texture when they are under ripe and then firm up when they are ripe.  Of course flavor plays a huge part on whether we think the apple is ready for picking.

This week we will finish picking the last few Sweet Sixteen and start picking Snowsweet, Smoothee, and Chieftain.  We will also continue to pick Jonagold and Valstar.   Smoothee is our first late season golden that we will be picking and it has all the great attributes of a good golden apple including its honeyed pear flavor.

About buffaloridgeorchard

Buffalo Ridge Orchard grows vegetables, apples, and pears for local coops and farmer's markets. We have over 25 different types of new and classic apple varieties. In 2011 we installed our first moveable hoop house which allows us to grow greens and root vegetables in the winter and get an early start on tomatoes and extend the season for other vegetable crops.

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This entry was posted on September 30, 2014 by in Apples.
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