Tolman Sweet Apples and Sweet Apple Pickles Recipe
Unfortunately we will not have any Tolman Sweet apples for the 2020 apple season. Our old Tolman Sweet trees stopped producing and were removed and our young Tolman Sweet trees have yet to start producing apples. It's a bummer for sure but we hope to have some for you in future seasons.
Approximate Ripening Date: September 30th
Flavor: This is the sweetest apple we grow at our orchard. It is a hard, dry and dense apple with an almost pear flavor.
Baking: It keeps its shape when baked. Good apple for cider-making.
History: An heirloom apple believed to be a cross between a Sweet Greening x Russet from about 1822.
When the orchard was still located on Bohling Road, a couple came in thrilled to death that we had Tolman Sweet apples. They used them to make Sweet Apple Pickles. After trying a sample I asked the for the recipe and they happily shared it with me. The Tolman Sweet are perfect for this treat.
Sweet Apple Pickles
Herb and Linda Damsteegt
apples (Tolman Sweet recommended)
2 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 c. vinegar
1 stick cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
Peel and quarter enough apples for 1 quart. Boil until tender in sugar, water, vinegar, cinnamon and clove mixture. Don't do too many at a time. Can and cover.
Note: It's best to use an apple that maintains structure for cooking tender. Tolman Sweet works well. 1/2 bushel of Tolman Sweet yields about 20 pints.