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Smokehouse apples are medium to large and rectangular or conical in shape. The skin has a greenish-yellow background with a red flush and some striping, along with large tan lenticels scattered over a large portion of the surface. Inside, the yellow-white flesh’s texture is tender and firm. This apple is also very juicy, with a fresh cider aroma and a sweet, rich flavor with spicy, malty notes. The tree grows vigorously and produces many fruits and is fairly resistant to common concerns such as fireblight and collar rot.
Smokehouse apples are available in the fall through early spring.
Smokehouse apples are an all-purpose variety of Malus domestica native to Pennsylvania. The Smokehouse is thought to have originated as a seedling of the older American apple Vandevere. Other names for this variety include Gibbons Smokehouse, Millcreek, Red Vandevere, and English Vandevere.
Apples are made up mostly of water and carbohydrates, along with some important nutrients. The fiber in apples, in both soluble and insoluble forms, is beneficial for the health of the digestive system. The vitamin C and other antioxidants in apples are beneficial for the immune system and brain health. One medium apple contains around 95 calories.
The Smokehouse is a versatile, all-purpose apple that can be used for several applications, including eating fresh out of hand as a dessert variety, cooking and baking, and cider making. Early season Smokehouse apples tend to be better for cooking, and later season fruits for eating fresh. For snacks with fresh apples, pair with other fruits such as blackberries and pears or cheddar cheese. Bake into desserts such as pies with caramel, maple syrup, nuts, and oatmeal, or cook into savory dishes with pork. Smokehouse apples are a good keeping variety, and will last from harvest through March if stored well.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania is the home of the Smokehouse apple. The area has seen several shifts in apple production over the years. Originally, farms in Lancaster County grew heirlooms such as the Smokehouse, Gravenstein, and Stayman Winesap. Then Red and Golden Delicious took over orchards, while today sweet apples such as Gala and Fuji are the most popular.
The first Smokehouse apple tree was grown from a seedling in Lampeter Township, near Millcreek, Pennsylvania. Introduced to market in 1837, Smokehouse was found growing next to farmer William Gibbons’ smokehouse in the early 1800s, hence its name.
Recipes that include Smokehouse Apples. One is easiest, three is harder.
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