Kilmarnock Orchards

Kilmarnock OrchardsA few years ago I went apple picking for the first time and we ended up at Kilmarnock Orchards just outside of Smith Falls and Merrickville. About an hour outside of Ottawa.

There are closer orchards, but reading that they had over 25 varieties of apples made me curious. Plus they have been around since the 1820’s. I believe my first trip, I had a few of every single different apple I could find and walked away with two bushels!

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When I park and walk towards the orchard, it’s like I’m a kid again. I can’t wait to get in there and start picking! I like Kilmarnock Orchards because the property is so vast that you are never really near anyone. You can hear children playing a few rows over, but for the most part, pretty tranquil.

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So I had mentioned that during my first time apple picking I had to collect as many different kinds as possible, well this time wasn’t any different. It’s a game I play with myself, and it helps when your friends come along to help! The Apple Shoppe is where you pick up your bags to fill full of apples, as well as fresh baked pies, jams, jellies, pickled veg, apple pie soap and of course, apples!!

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#1 – Northwestern Greening Apple

Northwestern Greening Apple – Beneath its tough skin the greenish yellow flesh is firm, juicy and mildly tart. Best when cooked into sauce or made into pies as it does not rate high for fresh eating.

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#2 – Cortland

Cortland is a cross between McIntosh and Ben Davis. It originated in the late 1890’s at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. This apple is red with a little green blush and snow white, tender flesh. The flavor is sweet with a hint of tartness making it great for salads and garnishes, but is a great all-purpose apple.

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#3 – Sweet sixteen

Sweet sixteen is described as a Large, red striped fruit. Firm, crisp, aromatic flesh. Moderately acidic.

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#4 – Empire

Empire is one of the best McIntosh-style apples, with a good sweet vinous flavor, and easy to grow.

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#5 – LOBO

LOBO’s are a McIntosh-style apple from Canada, generally believed to be better all-round than its parent.

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#6 – Mutsu
(I believe when compared to the ones in the Apple Shoppe)

Mutsu (Crispin) are a versatile dual-purpose apple, sharp but still pleasant to eat fresh. Also known as Crispin.
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#7 – I’m not sure as there was no sign, if I had to guess, I would say Spartan?

Spartan’s are attractive, crunchy, sweet, easy to grow, and with the characteristic delicate wine-like “vinous” flavor of the McIntosh family of apples.

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#8 – Viking

Viking’s have a very deep, dark maroon to purple color. Highly aromatic. Crisp and juicy, richly flavorful with acid component. Outstanding flavor retention when cooked. Keeps about 1 month.

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#8 – DBL Red

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#9 – Summerland

The Summerland Apple is from Summerland, BC. The brisk flavour of this apple’s juicy, crisp flesh has been compared to raspberries.

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#10 – Jersey Mac

Jersey Mac’s are medium sized red apple with yellow/green splashes. Flesh is crisp and juicy with a tart flavor. Does not store well.

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Bees are one of the most important creatures at the orchard. They help pollinate the trees! If they didn’t have bees, they would have to manually pollinate by hand using feathers. Food prices would soar!

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#11 – Russet

Golden Russet is a small moderately attractive apple, which keeps well, and is very versatile for eating, cooking or juicing.

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#12 – No clue, but they are pretty! Northern Spy, maybe?

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#12 – No clue, but they are pretty!

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#13 – Crabapple

Produces a high-quality cider juice. These Dolgo Crabapples are a brilliant crimson fruit ripen in August and are about the size of small plums.  Sweeter and larger than other crabapples, the fruit is excellent for eating fresh, making pies, butter, jams, jellies, ciders and sauces.

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#14 – Morspur Mac

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#15 – Cox Pippin

Some say the Cox Pippin is the benchmark for flavor in apples – from a good tree in a good year it can achieve exceptional flavor.

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#16 – McIntosh

The classic McIntosh is a crisp red apple with bright white flesh and refreshing sweet flavor.

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#17 – Prune plums!

The Prune Plums are deep blue-purple with smooth skins, they’re delightful eaten fresh or in crisps, tarts, sauces, and jams.

Other apples that were picked by not shown include Cherry Apples and Red Melba 🙂

Most Apple descriptions are from Orange Pipin. Thank you!

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