I’ve got about 14 or 15 different varieties of apples in my small orchard – I think…..it could be more.
The truth be told I’m not exactly sure because I failed to keep track of the apple trees years ago when I planted them. But what I am sure of is that I have two Northern Spy apple trees and they are in my top 10 favorite trees in the orchard.
In fact they are my personal pets.
Northern Spy apples are thin skin apples that are mainly grown in the northeastern part of the US and Canada. They are a wonderful cider and baking apple and are sometimes known as a “Northern Pie Apple”.
Northern Spy trees take a longer time to mature and bear fruit when compared to other apples, but the wait is so worth it.
The apples are firm, large and very crisp. Northern Spy apples ripen about mid-October which is later than other apples and they keep wonderfully well in storage.
And because they are late bloomers in the spring they are not as subject to late frost damage as other varieties. If I could only have one or two apple trees it would be Northern Spy without a doubt.