One of the things I like about late fall into winter is planning for the next spring’s grafting. This past spring was a great one for me with some really good varieties in trade. Some of the new ones grafted this year are below and the fruit pictures are gathered from the internet.
Birkenfelder Rotäpfelchen - Germany. Heirloom variety with apples that are dark red to almost black with a tart flavor. I like to harvest a bunch of different “black” apple varieties to compare the color.
Gelbe Schleswiger Renette - Germany. I could not find out a thing about this variety but that it is a nice looking large yellow apple. And a cool sounding name.
Grauer Hordapfel - Germany. Name translates as Grey Horde, reputed to be a very sour cider apple, Never saw the word “horde” in an apple name before so this one had to be grown.
Hocking Hills Orchard at Four Seasons Cabins in SE Ohio.