Apples NOW Available! Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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Mix and Match all varieties

We now have the following FRESH New York State Apples available in our pack-your-own apple display room.  You may mix and match all the different varieties in our paper or plastic apple tote bags. 

Bag sizes range in size starting at a 1/4 peck (~3.5 lbs.) to a 1/2 bushel (~20 lbs.)

Empire - New York´s "super apple" the Empire is a cross between two popular varieties, McIntoch and Red Delicious!   A tasty blend of sweet and tart the Empire is ideal for eating and baking.  

Macoun - Developed at New York´s Agriculture Experiment Station in Geneva the Macoun has fast become the most popular variety at the Mill.   A cross between a McIntosh and a Jersey Black Apple the Macoun is extra sweet with a mild tarte taste.  Great for pies and fresh eating!

- Developed in 1968 the Jonagold is a cross between a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious.  Honey Sweet, with a hint of tartness, the Jonagold is perfect for eating, salads and pies.

McIntosh - Discovered in the 1800´s im Ontario, Canada the McIntosh has become one of New York´s most popular apples as it grows well in cold climates.  Sweet and Juicy with a tart tang the Mac is great for fresh eating, sauces and pies. 

Cortland - A New York Apple created in 1915 at the Geneva Agriculture Experiment Station the Cortland is a cross between a McIntosh and a Ben Davis.  Sweet with a hint of tartness the Cortland is good for pies and salads.  It stays white longer when cut. 

Gala - Developed in New Zealand in 1962 the Gala is a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Kid´s Orange Apple.  Sweet and juicy the Gala is great for school lunch boxes or as a healthy after-school snack! 

Fuji (early variety) - As you can guess by the name the Fuji was developed in Japan from a cross between a Red Delicious and a Ralls Janet Apple.  Sweet, juicy and very crisp the Fuji is great for fresh eating!

Frequently Asked Questions About Apples:

Q: Cider Mill Bill says the apples at the Mill are free?

A: Technically yes,  we sell empty apple tote bags ranging in size from ¼ peck to ½ bushel.  You may mix and match any of the varieties in the bag – just be sure to fill the bag full, which ever size bag you choose to purchase.  No, you can not bring your own bag to fill but we will take 25 cents off your purchase if you re-use one of our bags!

Q:  Sometimes I have purchased grocery store apples that have a milky film on them. What is it?

A:  The film is food-grade wax that turns white if the apple becomes wet after it is waxed. Fortunately the apples at the Fly Creek Cider Mill have no wax coating!

Q:  Sometimes when I eat an apple, the core is surrounded by a sweet, transparent fluid.  Is it normal and safe to eat?

A:  This is called water-core and it is a result of excess moisture during growth.  The water collects towards the center of the apple and it is usually very sweet because it will trap the sugars in the liquid.  It is more common in Red Delicious.  It is safe and not harmful.  Apples with water-core usually will not store well.

Q:  I cut open an apple and the core was moldy.  Why?

A:  It is called moldy core. It is an occasional internal defect that is caused by certain growing conditions that are unpreventable and undetectable until the apple is sliced.  Although not harmful, it is unappealing and certainly should not be consumed.

Q:  Why are my apples greasy?

A:  The greasy feeling is the natural wax on the apple.  Some apples, such as Jonagold and Cortland, have more than others.  Usually if the apples feel greasy they are over mature and have not been kept in refrigeration.

Q:  Why do apples get soft?

A:  Apples need to stay in the cold.  From the time they are harvested they are under refrigeration.  When you purchase apples you should store them in the crisper section of your refrigerator to prevent them from getting soft.

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