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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.

 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.


 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.
  
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….

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


While I could reach most of the apples up high.


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. 
 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 🙂


 
Have any of you picked apples from the tree before?
Or, do you enjoy cooking with apples?  
What do you make?
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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.