Back in April I planted five new fruit trees up in the chicken pasture. Of those five, one failed to thrive and had to be replaced (the Methley Plum), three grew nicely but couldn't be bothered to blossom, and one gave me not only blossoms but fruit! Okay, actually, it gave me a fruit. One apple. One gloriously stained, bunged up apple.
Introducing the Yellow Delicious ~
|Quite small, but not bad for a first apple
I wasn't at all sure when it should be harvested (can you call one apple a "harvest"?!?). I asked at our local orchard (when I was buying a half-bushel of their gorgeous apples) and they said this was a late fall harvest apple. So starting October I'd occasionally go up to the tree, gently grasp the apple, and give it a firm tug. I figured it'd pop off the tree when it was ripe. Yeah, not so much. On October 15 I decided that puppy was ripe enough and gave it much more than a firm tug. Harvested! I then scrubbed the heck out of it, sliced it up, and gave it a try.
|Pretty color inside