Things that happen in the East

I hail from Washington, by far the largest apple producing state. If what I learned in sixth grade is still true, Washington produces over half of the country’s apples. I, however, know little to nothing about apples, which has been rubbed in my face all summer by these Eastern folk.

Apples that google images says are from Washington
Apples that google images says are from Washington

Prior to this week, the only way I could have told the difference between a McIntosh and a Gala is if they had name tags next to their prices at the grocery store. I had never procured apples through any other method other than the super market.

I know what you’re thinking, “What the heck, Annie. You’re, like, the worst Washingtonian ever.”

I know. The worst.

However, my teammates have really helped me in taking steps to correct that. After an afternoon of apple picking (sitting in the Radio Flyer watching Sophie, Andy and Erika pick, whatever), I’ve collected details on the old Malus domestica in order to renew my Washington street cred.

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A lot of sitting. A lot of snacking. A little picking.

These days, googling “Apple” will only bring you to a dozen webpages about phones. I’ll save you the trouble and provide a little apple genus cheat sheet, because I know there are some people out there who, like me, have neglected their inner Washintonian (you know who you are).

Types of apples I picked that I may or may not know how to distinguish from each other:

Gala

  • From New Zealand
  • Juicy, red, pretty freaking delicious

McIntosh

  • From Canada
  • Gala apple’s evil twin (the ones that supermarkets in Florida sell by the dozen)
  • Used mostly for cooking, because they’re icky
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really efficient transport out at the orchard

Honey Crisp

  • #murican (developed at the University of Minnesota, Annie H., Jessie, Ben, high fives)
  • Super sweet, super colorful. Kind of like me, right?
  • My mom is great at finding the best Honey Crisps at the store. Best in the world.

Fuji

  • Born in Japan by two American parents (Red Delicious and Ralls Janet)
  • Not quite in season right now, so they’re perfect for throwing at things

Macoun

  • From New York State, also a descendant of a McIntosh
  • A wily fellow, the Macoun tastes good about 50% of the time, keeps ya on your toes

And, finally, the Earligold

  • Far and away the nummiest apple I’ve ever tasted. Ever.
  • Originating in Washington. I should have known.
  • Yellow green, not to be confused with Granny Smiths. That would be a grave mistake.
  • This is a self fertile strand. Low maintenance and delicious, my kind of Washingtonian.

Wanna know the best part of apple picking, rather, the best part of the entire apple industry in general? Apples make cider. Cider makes cider donuts.

I haven't had crazy eyes like this since the huckleberry pie tasting of 2002
I haven’t had crazy eyes like this since the huckleberry pie tasting of 2002

How you like them apples?

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