Can’t decide between the ultra-sweet, firm Fuji apple or the extra juicy, sweet Honeycrisp apple? You don’t have to! The Evercrisp apple is a cross between Fuji and Honeycrisp and it delivers all the crunch, sweetness and juiciness you’d want from an apple. Plus, it’s easier to grow in this region which makes it more sustainable and cost-effective than Honeycrisp apples.
Evercrisp apples were developed nearly 20 years ago by Mitch Lynd of Lynd Fruit Farms in Pataksala, Ohio, who set out to create an apple that was flavorful, juicy and crisp and could weather the unpredictable winters in his area. Lynd co-founded the Midwest Apple Improvement Association (MAIA), an apple development project that allows fruit growers to participate in breeding new, superior varieties. Ed Weaver of Weaver’s Orchard, where we source many of our apples including Evercrisp, is a member of the MAIA. He appreciates the hard work that goes into developing apples that can be grown in climates like ours. The Midwest tends to have similar winters to those in Pennsylvania, so most apples developed by the MAIA can be grown well in Pennsylvania, too.
Evercrisp apples ripen in October and store very well throughout the year. This versatile apple is a excellent for snacking or baking. Slice it up and serve it plain or with a dip like peanut butter or caramel, or chop it into a salad. When it comes to baking, sweet apples like Evercrisp really shine because you don’t need to add as much sugar. They work well in recipes like dumplings because they are so firm and hold their shape.
Following on the heels of the success of Honeycrisp and Fuji, we are sure that Evercrisp will become our customers new favorite apple in the years to come!
Here are some of our favorite apple recipes:
This Apple Cinnamon Fruit Dip recipe calls for cream cheese, applesauce, brown sugar and spices. Depending on your preference for sweetness, you can omit the sugar or use maple syrup instead. This recipe is kid-approved too! Try this fruit dip for a healthy after-school snack or healthy work-from-home snack.
Enjoy this recipe with Canter Hill Italian sausage, fresh, locally grown Brussels sprouts, apples and garlic. Right now at Wolff’s, you can get Brussels sprouts by the quart or even by the stalk! We recommend serving this recipe with a starch, like rice or potatoes. You could also top it with Parmesan cheese if desired.
An “intoxicating” way to enjoy our local apples! Try Wolff’s employee Kathy Fantau’s Apple Bourbon Cake recipe… she brought some in for us to try last week, and we LOVED it!
Why choose between pumpkin and apple baked goods? Make this recipe for pumpkin apple muffins using Evercrisp apples, or any of your favorite apple varieties. For the pumpkin, we have many varieties of heirloom pumpkins that work great for baking available to choose from in our farm market!