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Fresh & Juicy Grimes Golden Apples (Homegrown)
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Sold out until early September
In the race for the newest and hottest, we here at the apple orchard hope that you don't miss out on one of the very, very best "antique" varieties!! Grown right here in our Lancaster County orchards!

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Grimes Golden was discovered by Thomas Grimes in Brooke County, West Virginia in 1790(?) as the result of a naturally occuring cross (GMO-free, of course) and is believed to be a parent of Golden Delicious. "Local legend claims that the tree grew from a seed planted by John Chapman, otherwise known as Johnny Appleseed." Quote from The West Virginia Encyclopedia

Take it from Great-grandma Minerva Kauffman (Carl and Norman’s mom) who would want you to know that Grimes Golden is a pie and cooked-apple-dishes variety of extraordinary properties. Her sons suspect that she hasn’t willingly used other apples for said purposes since sometime back in the 1960’s or 70’s! One great possibility along this line is this Apple Cake dish, recommended by Gina Martin of the Home Joys blog.

We’re also willing to divulge the (too long kept) secret that this heirloom cultivar is a great tasting fresh eating apple (especially for folks like Norman who enjoy a bit more mellow texture). We are not alone! This Grimes Golden enthusiast proclaims, "this is a truly memorable apple to eat. The flesh is crisp, juicy and fine-grained. The aroma is spicy and distinctive and the flavour is the same: rich and unforgettable." (Emphasis added)

Just for interesting: this Family Recipes: 4 Delicious & Easy Ways To Cook With Apples post explains well how Minerva and several generations of Kauffman ladies do it!

The always vivid Pomaceous Fruit Amateur Explorer chimes in with, "Crisp medium-coarse flesh is light yellow, crisp, and juicy. There is enough tartness hidden away to bring out subtle tastes: cane sugar, vanilla, cream soda, and a hint of pear. Grimes is a very fine apple, easy to eat, light, and full of flavor. Even the peel adds a harmonious nutty note. Everything in this apple works together extraordinarily well." (Emphasis added)

History and Trivia Department: "The original Grimes Golden tree bore fruit for more than 100 years and was carrying a crop of apples when it blew down in 1905. Wood from its trunk was used to make gavels for the West Virginia Agricultural Society, and part of the trunk was preserved at West Virginia University. A stone monument was erected at the site of the original Grimes Golden tree and is still standing today."

More "charter" varieties, in addition to Grimes Golden, which the Kauffman family have been growing continuously for over 100 years and which are somewhat similar, include Summer Rambo and Smokehouse!

Can't find Grimes Golden apples at orchards or supermarkets near you? Don't sweat it! It's easy to order here, hardly takes any time and your box(es) filled with juicy, tasty, and good-for-you fruit should arrive at your front door posthaste.

We use boxes with high-density foam cushioning for shipping fruit. Each apple occupies its own foam slot for protection, and we pack the box with fruit that is of highest quality. However, we have no control over distance, storage, temperature, or handling during transit, so if the fruit arrives overripe or spoiled, we most likely will not offer a refund, although you're welcome to contact us about it. We offer 2nd Business Day and Next Business Day shipping for apple lovers who wish to take an extra step in protecting their Grimes Golden apples during transit. This item is not available for sale in or to California, Oregon, and Washington.

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