Covid or no covid, YA wants her traditions intact. So at her urging, we hit the apple orchard over the weekend. The orchard we go to is taking precautions – one of them is that you are no longer encouraged to have an apple as you pick. Another is that instead of grabbing a slice from a bowl if you are tasting apple types prior to picking, you have to use a toothpick now to spear your slice. Like usual there is a big whiteboard of what apples are available for picking and the prices.
At the very to of the board was a listing for “Frostbite”. Not a word you relish seeing mid-September, but I’d never heard of Frostbite apples before so it caught my attention. Here is what the U of M ag site says about them:
Frostbite™ has been a key apple in the U of M’s breeding program since the 1920’s. It’s extreme cold hardiness and unique flavor make it an excellent apple to cross with other varieties. Frostbite™ is a parent to Keepsake and Sweet 16 apples and a grandparent to Honeycrisp.
I know that they breed apples but I have never thought of any produce being the parent or grandparent of another. Fascinating. We definitely sampled them – they were tangy but not as tart as a Granny Smith, maybe a little citrus-y? When we said we’d like to pick some, the orchard gal said “we only have three trees” and explained where to find them. The trees were full and the apples are on the small side but a deep red. We got half a peck.
They are great with peanut butter and I used some of them in my slow cooker apple butter yesterday (along with my favorite, the Connell Red).
Have you tasted anything new lately?