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Old 05-10-2011, 07:04 PM   #1
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I continue to plant new trees/varieties as I come across them. So far my orchard includes:

Ashmead’s Kernal, Golden Russet, Wickson Crab, Giant Russian, Muscat de Barney, Yarlington Mill, Cortland, Nehou, Honeycrip, Braeburn, Medaille d’Or, Black Oxford

I also have pears, cherries, apricots, plums and peaches. But its the apples I am really interested in.

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Old 05-10-2011, 07:08 PM   #2
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Are there a lot of differences between the cider you can make with these different varieties?

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Some of these are dessert apples, but others are bitter, bitter-sweet, or sharp apples that are blended to make a cider. Think of different apples you eat. Granny Smiths are really sharp and tart, Honeycrisps are tart but with a nice sweetness, crab apples are just plain bitter. You blend to get a balance of flavors and mouthfeel - basically.

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You have a honeycrisp tree? That's sweet... Where did you get it? I have heard that the seeds of the apples themselves will only grow a hybrid of honeycrisp with whatever it was pollinated with. Those are the most delicious apples in the world... And invented where I went to school!

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I picked it up at a local nursery - out here in New Mexico. I assume you can get them in Minnesota. I would check with the folks at the nursery the University runs outside of Minneapolis.

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That's a good idea. I think I have friends who are in the agriculture program there and they can hook me up haha

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They have all kinds of crazy apples out there. Check with your friends.

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That's cool! There are a lot of orchards where I live, I'll definitely try to make some cider this summer. Not enough space to grow them myself however, maybe someday!

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I hope I am still around when my trees are at the point where enough fruit is being produced to make cider!

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To really set your cider off try a winesap apple. I pick mine just after a good frost and they are full of sweet flavorful juice.

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