[NAFEX] Nittany apple
pete_tallman at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 16 04:53:29 EDT 2008
I agree that York Imperial isn't very interesting at harvest time. They don't start getting interesting until early to mid December. From December to February, I like York Imperial for being hard, tart, and juicy -- my kind of apple -- in contrast to many of the better known varieties in ordinary refrigeration. I'll probably bring in my crop later today, individually bag the good ones in zip-loc sandwich bags, then double bag in larger, closed plastic bags. They keep quite well this way. Best if used by February, but I've eaten some into May. Their storage abiltiy is second only to Gold Rush for varieties I grow.
I credit York Imperial for starting me on the road away from the usual commercial apple varieties. I purchased some York Imperial from a small orchard in the Hudson Valley, NY one December in early 1980's when I was living there. I was converted right away and went back the next year for some grafting wood. Then I started wondering what other interesting apple varieties might be out there that I had never heard of before. York Imperial does well for me here.
I was surprised to find some Nittany in my local Whole Foods market in Colorado a few years back, brought in from West Virginia. Never saw them again -- I gather they were not a good seller. No surprise. I thought they were a good alternative to York Imperial if the York crop didn't come in.
Longmont, CO zone 5 or so
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