Apple Varieties in Northwest Tennessee

Apples, apples and even more apples! This month we are highlighting local apples in our Taste of Tennessee Program and in this post, we are specifically looking at five varieties grown at Dixie Chile Ranch in Kenton, TN. Tim and Terri Brady produce fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, chile peppers, sweet peppers, tomatoes, pumpkins, honey and apples on their farm in Obion County. They have 50 apple trees total and they make apple butter with all of their varieties. Here are the five varieties of apples they grow and some tasty things you can do with them!

Picture by Tim Brady

Red Delicious Apples

First up are Red Delicious Apples. These apples are one of the most famous American apples and one of the most widely grown apple varieties. Bright red in color, these apples are sweet, but have a mild flavor. Red Delicious Apples are best used in fresh preparations, because the flesh doesn’t hold up as well when cooked. But you can peel the skin off and use these apples for applesauce and soups! These apples also pair well with cinnamon, cheddar cheese and pecans!

Golden Delicious Apples

Next we have Golden Delicious Apples. These apples are also very popular and have been around for a long time. Pale green to golden in color and often with small spots, these apples are very sweet and my personal favorite! Golden Delicious Apples are good fresh and stable for baking crisps, crumbles, tarts, cakes and breads. You can even cook preserves, butters, sauces and soups and the apples can be juiced or dried. These apples pair well with savory items and on top of burgers and sandwiches!

Mcintosh Apples

Third up are Mcintosh Apples. At Dixie Chile Ranch, they have only one of these trees, but it has been producing for 30 years and provides 15-20 bushels of apples per year. Dark red with bright green color, these apples have a simple and generally sweet taste with spice. Mcintosh is the most popular apple for cooking but is also good fresh! When diced, they add sweetness and moisture to cakes, breads and cookies. These apples pair well with maple and flavorful cheeses!

Honey Crisp Apples

We also have Honey Crisp Apples. These apples are popular, but they are only grown in August and they are difficult to grow in this area. Yellow background with a red to pink blush color, the taste of this apple is sweet and is known as the better eating apple. You can remove the skin and slow cook slices of these apples to make applesauce, preserves and apple butter. Honey Crisp Apples have a texture that shines in raw preparations so try them next time in your coleslaw and chopped salads!

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King David Apples

Last, but certainly not least are the King David Apples. These apples are not as well-known. Green or yellow with dark red to orange blushing color, these apples have a juicy, crisp, tart flavor. King David Apples are well-suited for fresh preparations, baking, sautéing and roasting. They can be chopped and added to muffins, bread and cake, layered in pies or even added to stuffing for roasted poultry (Happy National Chicken Month!). Pair these apples with sweet and savory treats!

To try these local apples out yourself, you can get them at the Martin Farmers Market, visit the Dixie Chile Ranch farm stand or you can even pre-order them and have them delivered to you! For more information about additional apple vendors in the region, download your copy of the NWTN Local Food Guide.

-Amber Graves

LFN Team Blogger