I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the apple trees I’d like to plant in the spring. We’ll probably start with 4 or 6 dwarf apple trees and add peach, pear, and cherry trees in the coming years. When it comes to what kind of apples I want to plant, there’s one given: Macoun.
Since I grew up on an apple orchard, I’ve had the wonderful pleasure of eating lots and lots of apples, and the Macoun will always stand out as my favorite. They’re always ready right around back-to-school time, and that makes them perfect for school lunches. There were many times I stopped on my way up or down the driveway, hopped out of the car and picked a few apples for the day. No matter how many Macouns I eat, I never get tired of them. The red and green skin, crisp white flesh and sweet-tart flavor make them the perfect apple to me. When I have too many of them, I turn them into applesauce or apple crisp, but my favorite way to eat them is right off the tree.
I also love other apples, including Jonathan’s bright red skin and white flesh and Empire’s shiny skin and crispiness late into the season, so I’ll probably plant some of them, too. It’s hard to decide what other kinds of apple trees to plant, since it’s a decision we’ll be living with for a long time!
If you were to plant a few apple trees, what kind would you plant and why?