[NAFEX] firm cooking apples (was Bramley)
machelp at attglobal.net
Wed Aug 31 08:35:44 EDT 2005
Second what Thomas Olenio said: Northern Spy is fantastic in pies but add its fantastic because it keeps its shape. You might say the antithesis of Northern Spy in pie-making would be apples that 'cook to applesauce' in a pie. Northern Spy pie is so distinct that we used to call it "Spy Pie" because it was immediately identifiable in a pie and was elevated above all other common pies made in Massachusetts.
That being said, I don't recommend planting Northern Spy because I can never keep up with all the pruning, and it seems not as resistant to bugs and fungus as some others. But its definitely worth buying for pies.
Thomas Olenio wrote:
> Northern Spyis a great keeper and fantastic in pies.
> Large, green apples overlaid with red stripes.
> The tart fruit is very popular for cooking and
> number one for pies. Harvest in mid-October.
> Storage 4-5 months
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