For Mother’s day this year, I received two beautiful little apple trees. Not just any apple trees, these are special!
They only grow 8-10 feet tall, and two feet wide. This allows people with mediocre sized yards like me, and even apartment dwellers with a sunny balcony to grow these apples. Stacks of apples will grow along a narrow trunk in a columnar, bottle-brush shape.
They are cold hardy (zones 4-9), and are disease resistant.
This tree was developed by Dr. Jaroslav Tupy from the Czech Republic. They have a pale pink bloom in the spring and fruiting begins in early summer. They come in four varieties, two of which must be planted for cross-pollination.
From what I have read, these apples will produce a large harvest of full-sized, delicious fruit for a medium-sized family to enjoy. I would love to hear from anyone who is in the second or third year of growing these!
Here is an easy/delicious apple pie recipe:
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 ½ tablespoons white flour
5-6 tablespoons water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
6-8 tart apples – peeled and sliced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Melt butter in medium saucepan. Add flour to make a rue. Then whisk in water for a thick, gooey consistency. Remove from heat and stir/toss with remaining ingredients.
Fill your pie and bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until apples are fork tender. Allow to cool a bit before slicing and top with French vanilla ice cream!