> > > > > >

Horse Apples



Horse Apples are large-sized apples with thick, bright-yellow skin, sometimes with red blushes.

They have coarse yellow but tender flesh inside.

The tree is a regular bearer every year, with apples ready to harvest starting in late summer (in the American south, from July onwards.) The tree is good for home gardeners, because the fruit ripens over a two-month period, rather than all at once. The tree bears well even in hot summers.

Horse Apples have a good flavour when fully ripe. Before that, they are quite tart. When fully ripe, they lose some of their tartness, but never get really sweet.

This makes them popular for cooking, baking and drying.

Horse Apples are particularly popular in the southern United States.

Cooking Tips

Horse Apples were used as an all-purpose apple for fresh-eating, cooking, cider, vinegar and drying.

History Notes

Horse Apples were popular in the American South.


They may have originated in Nash County, North Carolina before 1800. Other sources plump for Georgia or Tennessee as the place of origin.

Please share this information with your friends. They may love it.


Also called:

Carolina Horse Apples; Green Horse Apples; Hoss Apples; Mammoth Horse Apples; Old Fashion Horse Apples; Oldfield Horse Apples; Summer Horse Apples; Yellow Horse Apples

Comments

You may also like:

logo

Bon mots

"Apple-pie is used through the whole year, and when fresh apples are no longer to be had, dried ones are used. It is the evening meal of children. House-pie, in country places, is made of apples neither peeled nor freed from their cores, and its crust is not broken if a wagon wheel goes over it."

-- Reverend Israel Acrelius (Swedish preacher. 25 December 1714 - 25 April 1800)

Food Calendar

food-calendar-icon
A calendar tracking what happens when in the world of food.
  • food day iconPretzel Day (Today)
    Pretzel Day started in 1983, announced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Robert Walker from Pennsylvania. It was re-declared as such by US Congressman Joseph Pitts of Pennsylvania, in the House of Representatives on Thursday, 26 April 2001.

Myth of the Day

Myth Picture Read more >