A Bountiful Harvest and a Special Helper

picking apples

Besides eating hot dogs and watching fireworks this past 4th of July, I also spent some time picking apples with my daughter.  We use them to make applesauce.

picking apples

We grabbed some old Target(r) bags got to picking.

Believe it or not, the two apple trees at Double S Farms produce tons of apples and this was the last of many harvests this year.

I have already made a batch of applesauce and my mother has been making apple butter like crazy.

picking apples

Some of you may be surprised to hear that apples grow in the desert.  Well, it is quite easy as long as you use a variety that needs low-chilling hours.

Chill hours refers to the cumulative number of hours each year when the temperatures dip below 45 degrees.  In warm areas, you want to use varieties that have a low-chill requirement.

The apple trees on Double S Farms are the ‘Anna’ variety.  They are crisp, sweet and delicious.

picking apples

As we got into picking the last of the apples, my mother’s dog, Addy, was on the prowl for any apples that we dropped, since she loves them.

You know what?  Apple trees are really the perfect size….

picking apples

My daughter, Ruthie, was small enough to get into the smaller, interior areas.

picking apples

While I could reach most of the apples up high.

picking apples

Of course, apples taste best freshly picked, when they are ripe.  If you plan to store them for a while, it’s best to pick them a week before they are fully ripe. 

picked apples

After we finished picking, we had 4 large bags of apples.

Perfect for making applesauce!

You can read my post about how I made applesauce here if you like 🙂

cooking with apples

Have any of you picked apples from the tree before?

Or, do you enjoy cooking with apples?

What do you make?


For more information on what type of apples that do well wherever you live, check out this link.  Be sure to curse down a bit to see the listing of apple varieties state by state.  

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
8 replies
  1. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    Fresh picked apples, applesauce and apple butter sounds delish. Alas, we mostly get mediocre apples here, equivalent to the mostly mediocre bananas and mangoes sold in the US.

    I've had delicious and crisp Fuji apples from New Zealand, enjoyed apple fritters and also really tasty fresh pressed apple juice in San Francisco.

  2. Nancy in Sun Lakes AZ
    Nancy in Sun Lakes AZ says:

    When I lived in Rhode Island, every October we picked Macintosh apples and I made wonderful pies with them. Of course we ate ourselves sick on the way home from the orchard. They tasted so good!

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