WHAT IS A WINESAP APPLE?
This American heirloom apple dates back to the 1800’s and are noted for their dark red color and juicy flesh. The name itself comes from its aromatic, wine-like flavor. It’s a nuanced balance between a sweet Honeycrisp and a tart Granny Smith . Unlike most apple trees, the winesap flowers are pink instead of white. The combination of a firm texture and juicy flavor makes them a popular ingredient for cooked recipes or even apple cider.
WHY ARE WINESAP APPLES GOOD FOR YOU?
Like with all apples, they’re an excellent source of fiber which aids digestion and helps to lower cholesterol. They’re a good source for vitamins C and A and minerals potassium and iron.
WHEN ARE WINESAP APPLES IN SEASON?
They are a mid-Fall to early winter harvest. It has a heavy yield of apples each season and can adapt to a wide variety of climates (due to its late bloom and harvest period). From seed they take 2 to 4 years before they’re ready to bear fruit and can grow up to 16 feet (4.9 m) in height.
HOW SHOULD WINESAP APPLES BE STORED?
The apples can be kept refrigerated for up to several months. Dried it can go for 6 months if stored in a low moisture environment with an air-tight seal (so don’t refrigerate).
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO CUT A WINESAP APPLE?
The knife technique is the same as with other apples. Click here to see!
APPLE ORCHARDS HELPED DRIVE U.S. COLONIAL EXPANISH WESTWARD ?
While the story of Johnny Appleseed is quite famous, in reality it was John Chapman who deserves much of the credit. A savy businessman, he deliberately planted apple orchards a few years ahead of the westward expansion. Then when settlers arrived, he’d sell them the orchard at a nice profit! It helped to feed the settlers and give them a reliable source of income.