9.30.13 Priscilla Apple

9.30.13 Priscilla Apple

Our apple tree is far from laden, and the few left hanging still need time to ripen. A few years back, we’d brought a few samples to MOFGA’s Great Maine Apple Day where, after close examination and tasting, apple identifier John Bunker pronounced them Priscillas. All we know is that they taste best harvested in late October, when temperatures have taken a decided dip, and store well into winter. Their best use is sauced or baked, that is if we can get to them before the deer do.

Yukon Gold potatoes; winter squash (delicata, spaghetti, Tromboncino); favas; shishito peppers; summer squash (Zephyr, Costata); carrot thinnings; fennel; cherry tomatoes; winter pomodorini; radishes; chicories (puntarelle, cime di rapa, hon tsa tai); kale; chard; salad greens.

Lacto-fermented salsa; canned kale; canned carrot pepper salsa; broccoli pesto for freezing.

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15 Responses to 9.30.13 Priscilla Apple

  1. katrina says:

    Oh, how wonderful to have your heirloom apples identified! Yesterday I nudged down two apples from the old, old tree, and will be tasting them raw and cooked – but will never know their name.

  2. maesprose says:

    I love that you had your apple tree identified.

  3. I do everything, and I mean everything, to deter deer. Last winter, we actually saw a herd of 8 in our back yard several times. I couldn’t believe it. In the spring when I was speaking with my eccentric neighbor she remarked how her shrubs had been reduced to stubs by the deer, and she couldn’t understand it because she has put out a salt block and food all winter. LOL I tried to convince her not to feed them, but I’m not sure I made my point. The cold winter months will tell. Hope you get some of your apples. :-)

  4. Norma Chang says:

    What if you net your apples, will that deter the deer? I see you are growing your tromboncino as a winter squash, I am experimenting by allowing one to mature.

    • leduesorelle says:

      We liked the idea that the tromboncino can also be a summer squash, but discovered that we have more than enough of those already growing in the garden! We’re leaving most of the tromboncino out to mature as long as weather permits.

  5. MJ Auch says:

    Back in the 70’s, an article in Organic Gardening magazine recommended growing Priscilla and Prima as two new varieties that were resistant to a number of apple diseases. Our trees are huge now and put out large numbers of apples in spite of never being sprayed in an area surrounded by non-organic orchards. We use them mostly dried and in applesauce.

    • leduesorelle says:

      Thanks so much for the info and sharing your experience with the Priscillas! The fact that our sample was so disease resistant w/o spraying was one of the identifying factors. We found they’re best if left to hang as far into the season as we can, and try to pick just before first frost. We agree, they’re splendid for applesauce!

  6. Simona says:

    Having an apple tree in my garden is a dream of mine, but my attempts so far have ended in nothing, so I look at your photo and sigh.
    Actually, in Berkeley we had a tree that every other year carried quite a number of fruits but the resident buck got them before we could, so we never harvested any.

    • leduesorelle says:

      I never gardened while living in Berkeley, that was back in another life, so never realized there were deer to contend with, even there!

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