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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 02:54 AM

Got a bag of these apples from regional grocery chain. Just had one napped with caramel sauce.

Kept 4 and gifted the rest of the bag to neighbors for their continued help. I don't know what to make of this apple. It's not unlikable, but I dint swoon. Mb cooked/baked would do it justice.

http://bighorsecreekfarm.com/arkansas-black-story/

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Reply Got a bag of these apples from regional grocery chain. Just had one napped with caramel sauce. (Original post)
sprinkleeninow Nov 2019 OP
dawg day Nov 2019 #1
sprinkleeninow Nov 2019 #2
Grasswire2 Nov 2019 #3
sprinkleeninow Nov 2019 #4
enough Nov 2019 #5
sprinkleeninow Nov 2019 #7
eppur_se_muova Nov 2019 #6
sprinkleeninow Nov 2019 #8
eppur_se_muova Nov 2019 #9
sprinkleeninow Nov 2019 #11
Retrograde Nov 2019 #10
sprinkleeninow Nov 2019 #12
Arkansas Granny Nov 2019 #13
sprinkleeninow Nov 2019 #14
Polly Hennessey Nov 2019 #15
sprinkleeninow Nov 2019 #16

Response to sprinkleeninow (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 03:08 AM

1. Very interesting color.

Maybe it's better on the side? I slice apples and put on pork... how would this apple be in a pie?

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Response to dawg day (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 03:26 AM

2. Next I'll saute in some butter blend, a touch of sugar, dash of s&p.

A fixin' for some pork, yah!

It was crispy and not overly dry like primarily cooking apples.

Some are almost black winey colored.

They may be v.g. in a pie or cobbler or like that. Apple Brown Betty?

['Red Reddington', The Blacklist, was enjoying some in a recent episode.]

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 03:28 AM

3. love heirloom apples

My grower (at my local farmer's market) owned an orchard with hundreds of old trees -- some 150 years old. He sold it out two years ago to a cannabis grower. Tragedy to lose that orchard forever.

I also like very much a variety called Crimson Crisp, for an eating apple. Not an old variety, but good.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 04:32 AM

4. We find Honey Crisp ones when available. Quite nice and they are popular.

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 08:33 AM

5. Try it without the caramel sauce. NT

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Response to enough (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 06:13 PM

7. I snuk a plain piece. I need to try one again unembellished (sp?). Me, myself and I. 😤

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 10:50 AM

6. Thanks, that was interesting info at the link. Let them sit until April ?!?

I first heard of Arkansas Blacks when I worked in AR a few years ago, and was fascinated by how late in the season they produce fruit. With the climate warming and growing zones pushing northward, they might be an interesting variety for Northern growers in the future.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 06:15 PM

8. Dint read the article. Just linked it to show what I bought. It said

you could leave them till April? Harvested or still on their tree? 🤔

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 10:11 PM

9. In the cellar (presumablly cold). nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 11:38 PM

11. I guess that's how people stored like root veggies and other food stuffs.

I don't know if apples would make it until April. I would rather freeze them, air dry them, or put them up.

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 11:18 PM

10. Apples vary a lot

I've had Arkansas Blacks I really liked, and others not so much. It's a decent baking apple, though. I really liked the Cortlands I had in western NY, not that far from where they were developed; the ones I've had grown in California weren't nearly as good.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 05:43 AM

12. Gonna stew two and see the results. The mahogany color intrigued me.

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 03:28 PM

13. My daughter in law got some of these a few years ago. We made an apple crisp with them

using a topping of oatmeal, brown sugar, butter and nuts. They held their shape well even when cooked.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 04:50 PM

14. Good thought. Simple to prepare and scrumptious results! 💛

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 10:09 AM

15. I had one.

Thought it was bland. The color is gorgeous.

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Response to Polly Hennessey (Reply #15)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 04:45 PM

16. Beautiful color. Mine wasn't bland, but not so delightful and unexpected.

They need company like some sugah, 'nilla, buttah! 😉

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