September 19, 2012

2012 Apple Guide: The what, when, where and how

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Ginger Gold
What it tastes like: Sweet and tangy.
Where to get it: Kelly Orchards in Acton, Lakeside Orchard in Manchester, Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner, Wallingford’s in Auburn, Apple Ridge Farms in Auburn, Pietree Orchard in Sweden, Five Fields Farm in Bridgton, Brackett’s Orchards in Limington, Libby & Son in Limerick.
How to use it: Snacking; holds its shape in cooking and baking. Good for salads because it doesn’t turn brown.

Gala
What it tastes like: Sweet.
Where to get it: Kelly Orchards in Acton, Lakeside Orchards in Manchester, Boothby’s Orchard in Livermore, Sweetser’s Orchards in Cumberland Center, Pleasant Pond Orchard in Richmond, Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner, Wallingford’s in Auburn, Apple Ridge Farms in Auburn, Randall Orchards in Standish.
How to use it: Available in late September and early October, this apple is known for its good dessert characteristics. Also used for salads, sauces, snacking and baking.

Brock
What it tastes like: This late fall apple is tart, crisp and juicy. It was developed at the University of Maine and named after an apple grower from Alfred who helped test it.
Where to get it: McDougal Orchards in Springvale, Sweetser’s Orchards in Cumberland Center.
How to use it: Excellent dessert apple.

Fuji
What it tastes like: Ready in October, this crisp apple is very sweet and juicy.
Where to get it: McDougal Orchards in Springvale, Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner, Wallingford’s in Auburn, Randall Orchards in Standish, Apple Ridge Farms in Auburn.
How to use it: Snacking, salads and sauce. Sauce made with this apple needs little or no sugar.

Blue Pearmain
What it tastes like: This heirloom apple with a bluish bloom (coating over the blush) is mild and sweet.
Where to get it: Sweetser’s Orchards in Cumberland Center, Lakeside Orchard in Manchester.
How to use it: Good eating apple.

Braeburn
What it tastes like: Spicy sweet-tart flavor.
Where to get it: Pleasant Pond Orchard in Richmond, Randall Orchards in Standish.
How to use it: Good for snacking, great for baking.

Tolman Sweet
What it tastes like: As the name implies, this heirloom apple has a sweet flavor.
Where to get it: McDougal Orchards in Springvale, Pleasant Pond Orchard in Richmond, Lakeside Orchard in Manchester.
How to use it: Good for cooking, baking, making jelly.

Winesap
What it tastes like: Tart and tangy, some say it has a spicy flavor reminiscent of red wine.
Where to get it: Pietree Orchard in Sweden, Pleasant Pond Orchard in Richmond.
How to use it: Cider, snacks and salads.

Rolfe
What it tastes like: This heirloom apple is juicy and tender crisp.
Where to get it: Sweetser’s Orchards in Cumberland Center. This orchard at one time had the only Rolfe tree left in Maine.
How to use it: Use it as an eating apple and take a bite into Maine history.

Red Gravenstein
What it tastes like: Sweet.
Where to get it: Sweetser’s Orchards in Cumberland Center, Pietree Orchard in Sweden.
How to use it: Bakers of pies swear by Gravensteins. (It wins a lot of apple pie contests.)
Wonderful with cheese. Also good for eating and cooking. No need to add sugar when you make applesauce. Dried Gravensteins keep their flavor well.

Newtown Pippin
What it tastes like: This heirloom apple, said to be a favorite of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, is slightly tart and said to have a piney quality.
Where to get it: Pleasant Pond Orchard in Richmond.
How to use it: Best for sauces and pies.

Wolf River
What it tastes like: This very large heirloom apple is a bit tart.
Where to get it: Pleasant Pond Orchard in Richmond, Sweetser’s Orchards in Cumberland Center, Randall Orchards in Standish, Pietree Orchard in Sweden.
How to use it: A cooking apple, good for baked apples and pies.

Ida Red
What it tastes like: Tangy. Ready in late September.
Where to get it: Lakeside Orchard in Manchester, Pleasant Pond Orchard in Richmond, Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner, Wallingford’s in Auburn, Apple Ridge Farms in Auburn, Randall Orchards in Standish.
How to use it: Good all-around apple.

Golden Russett
What it tastes like: Very sweet.
Where to get it: Lakeside Orchard in Manchester, Randall Orchards in Standish.
How to use it: Popular for cider. Also good for snacking and drying.

Rhode Island Greening
What it tastes like: This heirloom apple is crisp, juicy and tart, similar to a Granny.
Where to get it: Sweetser’s Orchards in Cumberland Center
How to use it: A good baking apple that can substitute for a Granny Smith.

Pound Sweet
What it tastes like: Very sweet.
Where to get it: Sweetser’s Orchards in Cumberland Center
How to use it: Good eating apple, but best when baked.

Nodhead
What it tastes like: This heirloom apple, available in late September, has its own rich, distinctive flavor – mild, and not too sweet.
Where to get it: Sweetser’s Orchards in Cumberland Center, Randall Orchards in Standish.
How to use it: A good eating apple, adds great flavor to apple cider.

Winter Banana
What it tastes like: Sweet and, as the name implies, may taste a little like a banana.
Where to get it: Lakeside Orchard in Manchester.
How to use it: For dessert and cooking, but better as an eating apple because it’s so mild.

Wealthy
What it tastes like: This heirloom apple is crispy and tart, with a hint of strawberry.
Where to get it: Sweetser's Orchards in Cumberland Center, Doles Orchard in Limington, Randall Orchards in Standish.
How to use it: An all-purpose apple used for snacking and in pies and sauces.

Snow Apple
What it tastes like: This heirloom apple has a sweet flavor.
Where to get it: Sweetser’s Orchards in Cumberland Center.
How to use it: An eating apple. Available mid- to late September.

Rome
What it tastes like: Slightly tart.
Where to get it: Pleasant Pond Orchard in Richmond, Pietree Orchard in Sweden.
How to use it: Ready in October, these apples are great for baking.

Fortune
What it tastes like: Gently sweet and slightly spicy.
Where to get it: Randall Orchards in Standish.
How to use it: Snacking, and in baking and salads.

Jonathan
What it tastes like: Sweet-tart, spicy.
Where to get it: Randall Orchards in Standish.
How to use it: All-purpose apple, good for snacking.

Liberty
What it tastes like: Sweet-tart, crisp.
Where to get it: Sweetser’s Orchards in Cumberland Center, Randall Orchards in Standish, Doles Orchard in Limington.
How to use it: An all-purpose apple good for eating or cooking. Ready in late September or early October.

Granny Smith
What it tastes like: Crisp and tart.
Where to get it: Randall Orchards in Standish, Pleasant Pond Orchard in Richmond, Lakeside Orchard in Manchester (Blushing Granny).
How to use it: Baking, sauces, salads, snacking.

Staff Writer Meredith Goad can be contacted at 791-6332 or at: mgoad@pressherald.com

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