[NAFEX] Wolf River
dwoodard at becon.org
Wed Oct 6 18:14:38 EDT 2010
The only Wolf River I can remember eating was one I bought at the local
farmers' market. While bland it had an excellent crisp, fine texture
which I thought was one of its virtues. Wolf River is reputed to do best
on sandy soil, and my guess is that mine was grown on the sandy loam
peach soil of which we have a lot here. Maybe time of picking is a factor.
Wolf River is said to be resistant to many diseases, and to be one of
the easiest apples to grow, as well as being cold-hardy. The impression
I have from reading is that it is an apple which competes best in zones
5 and especially 4.
For people on sandy or maybe loam soil in a cool area who want to grow a
few apples without much effort and who are not too demanding, maybe want
apples as much for sauce and pies as fresh eating, maybe have hungry
young children, I'd say Wolf River is not to be despised. I'm thinking
especially of Ontario cottage country.
For someone who has the climate, technique, equipment and time to grow a
number of more demanding apples, I suspect that Wolf River might not be
of much interest, except maybe as an iron ration in a bad season.
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, zone 7a
On 06/10/2010 5:32 PM, Doug wrote:
> As several folks have noted, 'Wolf River' is not a fresh-eating apple
> and no one should plant it expecting to use it for that. However, many
> oldtimers planted it to use for dried fruit. The mealiness which is so
> unpleasant in fresh use becomes a virtue when this apple is used as it
> was intended, for making dried apples for storage and later use.
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: rmelrose at danvilleVT.net
> >Sent: Oct 3, 2010 1:37 PM
> >To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org <mailto:nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> >Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Apple suggestions
> >> I am looking to add several apple trees and these are my first round
> >> Gravenstein
> >> Grimes Golden
> >> Smokehouse
> >> Wolf River
> >> Hudson's Golden Gem
> >> Fiesta
> >> I am in SE Ohio, zone 6 with very heavy clay soil most of it sloped.
> I am
> >> looking for 1) apples with excellent flavor for fresh eating 2)
> >> apples for sauce and cooking 3) disease resistance
> >> I am also looking for suggestions for crab apples good for canning and
> >> making jelly.
> >> Thanks!
> >> deb
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