Sweet mother of apples!

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  1. Gina B

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    I just bit into an apple I've never heard of or tasted until today. They're called "Ambrosia" apples.

    It was like biting into solid honey. I don't think I'll be able to eat the whole thing, but this is DELICIOUS! Forget candy, this is just as sweet if not sweeter than a lot of candies. I hope these stay available in our area, because there's no reason to eat less healthy sweets and treats if you have an apple like this!

    Gonna have to look up the sugar content, I'm kinda scared! Never had a fruit this sweet. WOW!
     
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    I've never heard of 'Ambrosia' apples, but I'll certainly look for them! Where did you get them (grocery store, farmer's market, etc)? Just north of here is a valley famous for growing apples. It's called Apple Orchard Alley, and there are about 20 apple orchards along the highway there. They have several kinds of apples, so I"ll have to see if Ambrosia is available here!
     
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    I bought them in a grocery store out here called "Homeland." It used to be an Albertson's.
     
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    Gave my daughter one today and she said it was like eating a flower.

    Interesting! I finished mine today. Oatmeal and an Ambrosia apple...delicious!
     
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    I only shop at Walmart since I can whatever I want there without going to several stores. Even if they have that apple, they will quit selling it as soon as I start buying it. They've done with a lot of things I liked. Some things I only managed to buy once before it was discontinued.
     
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    That is a Canadian apple cultivated in British Columbia. It is somewhat new, but growing in popularity.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    Cool...apples. Thanks for the info!
     
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    The Ambrosia Apple Story: A Delicious, Home-Grown Original

    "The Ambrosia apple is a home-grown original – not only is the variety a favourite among consumers, Ambrosias actually originated in British Columbia. In the early 1990s, the Mennell family in BC’s Similkameen Valley discovered a tree in Sally Mennell’s orchard which bore unusual apples. Their orchard had previously been planted with Red Delicious and Golden Delicious, but they had replanted the area with Jonagold trees. A chance seedling grew up in one of the rows and the Mennells noticed that the fruit pickers that season seemed to really favour the apples on this unique tree. In fact, its fruit was stripped clean! The Mennells tried and loved the apples as well, and decided to try to produce more. Once the existing tree had matured, they cut and grafted a few branches onto other trees to see if they would still grow the same apples. The procedure was a success, and Ambrosia was born. The Ambrosia apples have the general conical shape of their parents, Reds and Goldens, but their color, texture and taste are distinctly superior and unique....."

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    http://www.bctree.com/press-events/article/00119-ambrosia-apple-story-delicious-home-grown-original

    I 'discovered' a winter apple tree on an old farm years ago, everyone loved the fruit, I attended grafting classes just so I could clone that one tree from it's scion, and I did. Come to find out it's most likely a Baldwin' apple, a once common winter keeper. I've got three trees up on the hill that have been bearing for probably close to twenty years now.

    I'm going to be watching for me some of these Ambrosia apples. I read somewhere else it's thought to be a cross between Red and Golden Delicious.

    [edit to add] (concerning the original chance Ambrosia seedling) “The land here pitches and rolls, feels wilder, primordial. At the end of one undulating row is the Mother Tree. And it really looks like a mother that has produced about a million baby trees. The trunk is thick and gnarled and gashed, with slashes from a thousand wounds to extract bud wood. The canopy is a head of writhing snakes – the branches grown out to provide scion wood rather than carefully pruned for fruit. Wilfrid and Sally marvel at the tree. It must be nineteen years old now, they guess, and this is the first summer they haven’t raided the branches for wood. Left alone, the tree has produced a bounty of apples.”
    http://www.ota.com/pics/documents/OrganicsOct.14.11.pdf
     
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    Ambrosia apples are dee-licious!! I also love the Jonagolds, Red and Yellow delicious, but those Rome apples are just way to soft for me. I love a firm apple, that when I bite into it, you can hear the crunch from 100 yards away.
     
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    Oooooh!! That does sound yummy. Thanks for the advice.
     

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