U-PICK & WE-PICK

August - October

Daily U-PICK HOURS | 9am - 5pm


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APPLE UPDATE 10/15/19:

IN STORE - Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Bellewood Prince, Tsugaru, Zestar, Gala, Fuji, Golden Supreme, Ambrosia, Idared, Belle De Boskoop, Sonata, Orin, Mountain Rose.

UPICK - Honeycrisp, Bellewood Prince, Sonata, Gala, Fuji’s, & Orins.

***We anticipate having apples for you to pick for only another week or so but will keep you posted on exact dates.


Apple info and updates are also posted on our social media pages


EARLY SEASON VARIETIES

Ready in MID-Late August

 
 
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Gravenstein

Introduced to the Northeast in 1820 from the Duke of Austinburg’s garden in Gravenstein, Denmark. This is a world-traveled heritage apple, with names for it in Russian, Italian, German and Danish as well as English. The Gravenstein is a terrific sauce and pie apple. It is a roundish, irregularly shaped apple with a very short stem. It is harvested in early September. The Gravenstein is crisp, juicy, aromatic and full of old-fashion tart-sweet flavor. 

 
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Sansa

The Sansa was introduced in 1969 from Japan. Parentage: Gala and Akane. It is harvested early September. The Sansa is an exceptional good early apple. The fruit is firm, yet tender, juicy and exceptionally sweet. As with many early apples, Sansa apples should be enjoyed fresh, soon after harvest, for a terrific eating experience. It is also, good for salads, sauce and baking.

 
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Sunrise

Sunrise is an attractive modern apple variety, developed in the late 20th century at the famous Summerland Research Station in Canada (home of the Spartan apple), and it is one of the best early-season apple varieties. Parentage: McIntosh and Golden Delicious. Harvested late August to early September. This is a high quality dessert fruit with flesh that is crisp, juicy and sweet. Sunrise apples are at their best when kept refrigerated. When treated like a delicate peach, these totally unique apples will keep very well.

 
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Zestar

Introduced in 1999 from the University of Minnesota breeding program. Parentage: State Fair and Mn1691 (new apple not yet named). Excellent combination of sugar and acid. Great for eating fresh and cooking. Looking for a “Country Apple” like you use to eat? Zestar is for you!

 
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Tsugaru

Chance seedling of the Golden Delicious. Introduced in 1975 from Japan. Gourmet dessert apple, rated as 2nd best eating apple in Japan, Tsugaru (west part of Aomori Prefecture) is the largest apple producing district in Japan. The flesh of the fruit is creamy white, very juicy, lightly flavored, and moderately sweet with low acidity and very little browning.

MID SEASON VARIETIES

Ready in September

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Honeycrisp

Introduced in 1960 from Minnesota.  Parentage: Researchers originally thought this new variety would fail and threw the new trees on the burn pile.  One person saw the future of the apple, grabbed a few off the pile and planted them. The parentage was lost, but the Honeycrisp survived!  (Update 2017 – it now has been documented that the parents are: Keepsake and MN1627 an apple unreleased and no longer available). They are harvested mid to late September. It is a large fruit that is exceptionally crisp and juicy. It is a gourmet eating apple, with excellent storage capability under normal refrigeration. It also retains its white flesh color long after it has been cut. It is also good for baking, but tends to take a little more time to cook. 

 
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Gala

Introduced in 1965 from New Zealand. Parentage: Cox’s Orange Pippen and Golden Delicious. Harvested late September to early October. Gala is a sensory extravaganza! It has an iridescent red blush over a creamy yellow background. The flesh is cream-colored and dense, deeply sweet and intensely aromatic. It is a dessert apple: sweet and delicate that should be served with foods that are not overpowering. The Gala is best served fresh, as cooking destroys some of its most delightful qualities.

 
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Ambrosia

Introduced in 1965 from New Zealand. Parentage: Cox’s Orange Pippen and Golden Delicious. Harvested late September to early October. Gala is a sensory extravaganza! It has an iridescent red blush over a creamy yellow background. The flesh is cream-colored and dense, deeply sweet and intensely aromatic. It is a dessert apple: sweet and delicate that should be served with foods that are not overpowering. The Gala is best served fresh, as cooking destroys some of its most delightful qualities.

 
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Jonagold

Introduced in 1968 from New York. Parentage: Golden Delicious and Jonathon.  Harvested the first of October. The apple has a fluffily crisp fruit. It is juicy and aromatic and has a sweet-sour taste. Excellent for fresh eating, baking, pies, and sauces.  Jonagolds make great fried apples. Simply sauté in a little butter and add a little cinnamon. This is the apple that brought the apple industry back to Whatcom.

 
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Belle De Boskoop

Introduced in the 1850s from a nursery in Boskoop, Holland. It was probably brought to America in the 1870s, and may be a bud sport of Reinette de Montfort. It is still popular in the Netherlands today. Harvested late October. An excellent cooker, the firm, crisp, creamy yellow flesh is rather acid and very aromatic. It keeps very well, and sweetens somewhat in storage. Belle de Boskoop is essentially a dual-purpose apple, suitable for both dessert and culinary uses. It works equally well in a savory salad, or can be used in pies, pastries and sauce or flans. Belle de Boskoop keeps its shape when cooked.

 
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Golden Supreme

There is debate over where it originated. One source claims it was discovered in Clay County, West Virginia, and another some place in Idaho. Both of them agree the apple was created by chance and introduced in 1960. It is harvested late September to early October. The Golden Supreme is excellent for eating and all culinary uses. A medium sized apple that is greenish yellow to golden brown in color with a firm cream-colored flesh that provides a sweet juicy flavor. This apple is a good selection for drying, for baking, and for making cider. It can be kept for months in refrigerated storage.

 

LATE SEASON VARIETIES

Ready in October

 
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Fuji

Introduced in 1962 from Japan. Parentage: Red Delicious and Ralls Janet. Harvested in late October to early November. The flesh of the Fuji is extremely crisp and juicy . . . and actually improves with storage. It is great for eating fresh. While it is difficult to grow in our maritime climate, BelleWood Acres continues to explore strains that will “grow” for you. Check out the pockets of sugar.

 
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Idared

First developed at the University of Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station in 1942; it is a cross between two apple varieties (Jonathan x Wagener). The Idared has a white flesh with a firm body, and generally considered to be tart and juicy. For these reasons, it is very well suited for making apple sauces, pies, and cakes. It remains hardy and durable till the end of January, and can even last until June with proper storage. Harvested mid to late October. Flavor improves with storage.

 
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Sonata

Introduced 1986, it was developed in Dresden, Germany. The Sonata is a cross among the Golden Delicious, an old English apple, the Orange Cox Pippin, and the Duchess of Oldenburg. The Sonata is a delightful apple, sweet with a whisper of tart. A truly smack-your-lips-after-every-bite kind of fruit. Dresden is the home to many great composers so it was given a musical name. The Sonata is a symphony for the tongue. It is a medium-sized apple with excellent flavor. It is an attractive apple with a bright, pinkish red blush over a yellow background with a firm and finely grained, creamy color flesh. Like a fine wine, the flavor matures in storage.

 
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Orin (the Green One)

Introduced from Japan, the sweet Orin is a true delicacy. In Japan it is customary to slice and share these apples with family and friends following meals and for special occasion. It has a subtle pear-like flavor, (some can taste Pineapple) that is a treat to remember. Parentage: Golden Delicious and Indo. Ranks #3 in taste tests (Fuji is #1, Tsugaru is #2). All three varieties are grown at Bellewood.

 
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School House Red

New (2010) to BelleWood as our mystery apple. It is believed to be a cross between a Gala and something else. Named because of its color and small size, it is perfect for our school age visitors and for those who want a smaller snack. Makes a great pocket snack! It is crunchy and full of sweet juice.

 
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Bellewood Prince

The original Red JonaprinceTM hailed from the small town of Weert, in the Netherlands in 1994. It was a chance seedling in a commercial orchard. It was introduced to America by Van Well Nursery. Known on our farm as the BelleWood Prince, it is a pleasing mix of sweet and tart. We call it our spicy apple! It is juicy with a crunch that excites. It is great for eating fresh, cooking and baking. The BelleWood Prince, a brother to the Jonagold shares the same parents: Golden Delicious and Jonathon. It is a perfect apple for the holidays.

 
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Mountain Rose

An heirloom variety, the Mountain Rose offers a tart taste reminiscent to strawberry lemonade and a texture similar to a Granny Smith apple. Delicious enjoyed out of hand, this apple's remarkable color is revealed when thinly sliced and served as edible garnish for most anything. Dress up cheese plates and fresh fruit platters. A perfect choice for cobblers, muffins, pancakes and quick breads. Resistant to turning brown after cutting. To store, refrigerate at 34-36 degrees Fahrenheit.

 
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Evercrisp

New from the State of Ohio. EverCrisp is the “child” of a Honeycrisp and a Fuji. It is sweet flavor and has a Texture similar to Honeycrisp. It resembles Fuji in shape and appearance. This will be BelleWood’s Winter apple as it is picked last and stores well in refrigeration. It is an apple with a greater density so it maintains its crunch for a long time.

 

PEAR VARIETIES

Ready in Aug-Oct

 
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Red and Green Clapp

The Red and Green Clapp pears are a delicious early pear that is a must to try. Let it add beauty to your tables as it sits for 3-5 days to ripen. The flesh is medium firm, white, fine-grained with good flavor.

 
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Comice

Comice pears are a French variety discovered in about 1849. It is considered the king of the pears because of its extreme juiciness and sweetness. They are a large yellow fruit - an excellent dessert-quality pear. Flesh is tender with excellent flavor. Skin color is yellow with a slight blush. Best when used fresh. With its delicate nature it is not recommended for cooking. Their flesh is very soft, and can best be described as creamy in texture. For many pear lovers, Comice are the pinnacle of pears.

 
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Bosc

Bosc pears have their origin in Belgium and were introduced to the United States in 1832. Their flesh is yellowish-white, tender, aromatic, juicy and smooth textured. Flavor is rich and sweet. It stores well and is excellent for canning, baking and eating fresh. Bosc are an elegant variety, with distinctive characteristics that set them apart from other pears. Those who are familiar with Bosc, appreciate their more firm, yet tender flesh and their sweet-spiced flavor.