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N1959 Kroncke Road
Poynette, WI 53955

Take Hwy 51 North from Madison, go straight onto Hwy 22, turn east (right) onto Hwy 60 almost immediately. Drive 2 miles and go North (left) onto Kroncke Road. We're just over a mile on the left-hand side.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Apple Education - Take 1

I'm going to try to start to write about each of the different varieties of apples that we grow on our orchard. This way you can continue to learn about them and know which one's you want to try before apple season is even here! I was going to call it "apple of the week" but I've tried that before and it just doesn't work for me!

Here's your first lesson!


From wikepedia
Paula Red apples are bright red with some yellow and tan spots; the skin often has a dusty sheen. They have a sprightly taste, not too sweet and not too tart, vinous and slightly reminiscent of strawberries. It has a firm white flesh that becomes soft and mealy extremely quickly as its season declines. Paula Red apples are suitable for both eating fresh and cooking, although they become extremely soft when cooked, which suits them to some dishes (applesauce) and not others (pies).

Paula Red apples were discovered around 1960 by grower Lewis Arends near a McIntosh block in his orchard in Ravine Sparta Township, Kent County, Michigan. He named the apple after his wife, Pauline. Paula Reds appeared on the market as a distinct cultivar in 1968.[1]

from Lapacek's Orchard
Paulareds typically ripen at our orchard in Poynette, WI, August 15th. It is a WONDERFUL early apple. When it is there season they are a bit tart and crisp. If you want to make beautiful pink sauce - Use Paulareds (leave there skins on for the cooking down process, then strain them out).

Unfortunately Paulareds are NOT a good keeper. By the end of August/September they are starting to get soft and sweet. I personally like them when they first get sweet but aren't too soft yet. Please remember that if you like Paula's to get to our store in August!


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