Orchards extras: Recipes and more
The apple: It’s a healthy, sweet snack. It can be baked into pies, puréed into sauces or juiced into cider. It comes in all kinds of colors and flavors. Best of all, it grows in abundance across Southern Indiana. H. Michael Simmons, who handles education for the Bloomington Community Orchard, is an advocate for the apple, and alludes to its appearance in Indiana soil thanks to one noble legend. “There is a lot of local lore associated with apples -- of course Johnny Appleseed was active in the area.” Indiana’s moderate amount of rain and rich soil provided the perfect environment for Appleseed’s seedlings, and if you believe in the lore, it’s the descendants of those original seeds that we get to enjoy today. Simmons gave us the scoop on eight local varieties.
Huber’s Blackberry Sangria
3 parts Huber’s Blackberry Wine
1/2 part Huber’s Brandy
3-5 parts Sprite to taste
Serve over ice with fruit
Bloomington Community Orchard Baked Apple Cups
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cut off the top of the apples and place on a cookie sheet.
Take out the core and some of the surrounding inner-apple, creating a hollowed-out cup
Chop up the insides of the apple, then in a bowl, mix it with raisins, your choice of nuts and a hint of cinnamon Place the filling back in the hollow apple cups and cover each one with premade pie crust, cut in criss-cross fashion.
Bake for about fifteen minutes. Let cool and enjoy with a spoon and some ice cream.
Mayse’s Strawberry Angel Food Cake Pie
1 Mayse Angel Food Cake
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
12 oz. Cool Whip
½ cup sugar
1 medium container of Mayse strawberries
Cut Mayse’s Angel food cake in pieces and smash into a pie pan.
Mix all ingredients and spread the mixture on top of the cake pieces. Serve with Mayse’s strawberries.
Orchards in Southern Indiana
Bloomington Community Orchard (Bloomington)
Schaffer Orchard (Princeton)
Blue River Orchard (Fredricksburg)
Salatin’s Orchard (Moores Hill)
Lakeview Orchards (Rockport)
Goley’s Orchard (Madison)
Lee’s Orchard (Columbus)
The Apple Works (Trafalgar)
Blueberries: Native Americans used to call these “starberries” because the blossom end of each berry forms a perfect five-pointed star. According to legend, they gave them to the Pilgrims to help them survive their first winter.
Raspberries: When George Washington first moved to Mount Vernon, he grew these berries in his garden.
Peaches: This fruit was mentioned in ancient Chinese scriptures in the 10th century B.C. and was enjoyed by emperors.
Grapes: Commercial production of this fruit dates back to 1000 B.C.
Gojiberries: According to an ancient legend, a man named Li Qing Yuen consumed this type of berry daily and lived to be 252 years old.
What is Ripe When
Blueberries: July- August
Peaches, Nectarines: July-September