Just finished a dinner of breaded pork chops, potatoes, green beans, and pan roasted Wealthy apples (with cinnamon, walnuts, brown sugar and lemon zest). The apples were picked in November 2021 and have been kept refrigerated in sealed bread bags.
Apples sound yummy.
Wow, happy to hear Wealthy is such a good keeper. It’s the most vigorous of all my trees growing in my garden bed rows on trial. I have a 2 year old that is feathered and over 6 feet tall, closer to 7 feet, maybe, and the caliper is bigger than the knuckle of my thumb, maybe 7/8"(?)
2021??? That’s absolutely crazy. How was the texture after that long?
Sounds absolutely golden, Mark!
You have some interesting varieties!
This week I’m batching so I baked some of my Cortlands with chopped pecans, cinnamon, cloves, flour, egg, baking powder and a couple hands of oats. Really worth trying! I still have about 1/3 of my Cortlands, my best keeper.
Yes, it is remarkable - amazes me, too. These are off a very old, beat up tree about a block from my house. My friend picked them and bagged them up, put them in the fridge.
The texture was OK enough to eat out of hand, definitely getting mealy but not that bad. Still had enough juice, aroma, and flavor to make them edible. Cooking makes them pretty good. He’s still got some in his fridge and he’ll check them next in the middle of May when he comes back from New Mexico, where he winters.
I’ve got a couple of scions on my frankentree and I may get a couple of fruit this year.
You made me hungry enough to look, and, sure enough, I had two Wealthy left — one completely rotten and one sound — both gone now. The sound one had good texture and flavor. Wealthy is one of those all-purpose apples that is good for cooking and can be eaten out of hand, too. I keep mine in a cold basement room.