What in the world is a Smokehouse apple and where can one find these apples with the crazy name!
I am always intrigued by apples with unique sounding names.
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I recently found the Smokehouse apple. And wondered why it had this name. My wife said it was probably because the tree was discovered near someone’s smokehouse.
I look it up.
Yep, that is exactly why.
Smokehouse was discovered as a chance seedling, that means the fruit was found growing on a tree that was created through a natural crossing of apple blossoms (thanks bees!). The apple was growing near William Gibbons's smokehouse in the 1830s in Lancaster County, PA.
The apple is a mostly green apple with various amount of red blush. I have seen some Smokehouse apples that had little to no blush.
Here is what I thought when I had this apple for the first time.
I would say this is a solid apple. A bit more tart than sweet, but nicely balanced. It is juicy and crisp enough. It’s not Honeycrisp levels of crispiness, but for sure not soft.
It is tart, but not super, super tart. If you are a fan of mildly tart apples, this is the apple for you. Not mussy, but not completely crisp.My oldest daughter
The apples are harvested either in late September or into October. I have seen reports of both. When your particular Smokehouse apples were harvested could make a difference of their crispiness, flavor, and how long they will keep. The apples seems to have a reputation for dropping, which may cause them to be harvested before peak flavor.
? Eating Tips - I tried the apples in late September. They were crisp enough and flavorful. Some say they last until March with good storage. I did keep mine in the fridge and ate them all in about a week and a half. For more on getting how to know when an apple is perfect to eat, check out this post
? Where to Buy
The variety seems to be popular in Pennsylvania and harder to find in other states. Here are all the locations that I know of. Make sure to leave a comment below if you know any additional orchards.
- Weston's Antique Apples (Dane County Farmer's Market, Madison, WI)
- Kauffman's Fruit Farm & Market (Bird in Hand, PA)
- Brecknock Orchard (Mohnton, PA)
- Weaver's Orchard (Morgantown, PA)
- Woolf's Apple House (Media, PA)
- Strites Orchard (Harrisburg, PA)
- Tendercrop Farm (Newburyport, MA)
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