Have You Heard Arkansas is Home to the Rare Black Apple?
Did you know that Arkansas is home to the Black Apple? Yeah, I know it sounds like something you would hear about in a Snow White fairy tale and you may be asking, Is it poisonous?
Arkansas Black Apple
The Arkansas Black Apple is not poisonous at all, but it does have a tart bitter taste if you pluck one off the tree and eat it. It normally takes a couple of weeks of putting it inside the refrigerator before it develops a sweeter taste. The Arkansas Black Apple originated in the 1840s in Benton County, in Bentonville, and if properly stored for up to 3-4 months these apples are very crunchy and flavorful and only get better the longer you keep them. They are perfect for winter and spring baking. Some apples are very dark in color and almost appear black but have more of a dark burgundy hue that turns black after storage.
The black apple is known to taste like a Granny Smith or Red Delicious apple. October and November are the best times of the year for black apples.
The baking community loves these types of apples because of their endurance when used for cooking with these apples, especially apple pie which turns out delicious. The Arkansas Black Apple is very rare and hard to find and many believe they are related to the Winesap apple that originated in the 1840s on an orchard farm operated by Arkansas settler John Crawford.
The Arkansas Black Apple is great for apple cider and apple sauce too. To find an orchard in Arkansas that sells them and other products go to arkansasgrown.org. You can also visit the Ponderosa Apple Orchard where you can stay at the Ponderosa Ridge Bed and Breakfast Inn.
So there you go, if you want something rare try a Black Apple from Arkansas. As they say, "An Apple a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away," unless, of course, you eat a poisonous one. And don't be tempted to eat one with a snake in a tree either.
The Pink Lady of Liberty on her YouTube channel swears these are the best apples, hand down.
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