Northern Spy Apples
What are Northern Spy apples like?
Northern Spy apples are very juicy, crispy crunchy, tart and mildly sweet, with a rich flavor and thin, tender green and red skin.
Great for pies and cider! Also preferred as a dessert apple after they have had time in storage to mellow out. More tart and firm than most popular varieties, so most people don’t like to eat them out of hand.
Are Northern Spy apples good for storage?
All About Our IPM Apples
These apples are grown by a family that we’ve worked with for several years now, and we’ve never been disappointed with the quality of their fruit. As is the case with most of our other ‘conventional’ fruits, these apples are grown using a method of farming known as Integrated Pest Management, which makes it possible to spray minimally.
When to Order What
In general, the earlier apples are best for fresh eating and applesauce, while the later varieties make better winter storage apples. And of course, the cooler late fall weather helps the late apples to keep better too. Here’s a helpful apple chart that shows all the varieties we typically offer and the best uses for each. Our apples are usually available from September through December or January.
Putting Apples By
Surely, every family has their own favorite way to use apples. Here are a few ideas to help make yours last as long as possible.
- Canned or frozen applesauce
- Frozen apple slices – great for pies, sauce, cakes, smoothies, and crisps.
- Canned or frozen apple pie filling
Here’s a handy apple chart that shows which apples are best for what purpose.