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Apples, A Favorite, The Best Orchards In New York State, The Vast Varieties And Your Health

Updated on September 21, 2017
Apple picking at Behling Orchards, fun for the entire family. Are the top ones just out of reach really the juiciest?  :)  Zack. Have you taken your first bite yet of the freshest apples?
Apple picking at Behling Orchards, fun for the entire family. Are the top ones just out of reach really the juiciest? :) Zack. Have you taken your first bite yet of the freshest apples? | Source
Picking at the top once again, Kayla and her dad Bill. Family fun for all ages, and the kids will always find a way to reach the top. The spectacular Behlng Apple Orchards in Mexico.
Picking at the top once again, Kayla and her dad Bill. Family fun for all ages, and the kids will always find a way to reach the top. The spectacular Behlng Apple Orchards in Mexico. | Source
The crates piled high at the orchard the ones that will be traveling to the several stores for purchase by their customers. Behling Orchards.
The crates piled high at the orchard the ones that will be traveling to the several stores for purchase by their customers. Behling Orchards. | Source
The experience of taking a wagon ride into the orchards to begin your day of apple picking, loving the breathtaking scenery and sun and fresh air.  This photo taken at Behling Orchards in Mexico, NY.
The experience of taking a wagon ride into the orchards to begin your day of apple picking, loving the breathtaking scenery and sun and fresh air. This photo taken at Behling Orchards in Mexico, NY. | Source
Just a unique awesome photo of an apple from a different perspective. There are endless ways of using apples for sauces, in salads, there are hundreds of apple recipes. And so many varieties to choose from.  The healthy benefits of an apple.
Just a unique awesome photo of an apple from a different perspective. There are endless ways of using apples for sauces, in salads, there are hundreds of apple recipes. And so many varieties to choose from. The healthy benefits of an apple. | Source

With the beginning signs of Fall, some leaves are starting to turn color, the days are getting shorter and the changing temperatures your thoughts turn towards all the upcoming Fall activities. For many one thought is the one standing in the orchard surrounded by bright red and green apples and row and rows of a vast variety of apple trees. There is nothing more delicious then taking that first tasty, juicy bite from the freshest apples directly from the tree.

There are several exceptional apple farms and orchards in Central New York. One of the most popular is Behling in Mexico. During the time you are visiting Behling orchards you definitely will want to enter the gift store to browse all the scrumptious homemade cider, mouthwatering bags of freshly picked apples, decorative crafts for your home, New York maple syrup and selections on sweet honey. There is a separate room called the candy room, here you will discover mouth-watering caramel popcorn balls, popped popcorn that is always fresh, and apples dipped with an assortment of different toppings, candy, caramel or cinnamon.

Take an old fashioned wooden wagon ride that carries you into the sprawling acres of wide variety of apple trees which are clearly marked. Every variety of apples has a certain week to be picked during the months of September and October. It is nearly impossible to fathom but there are 7,500 varieties of apples throughout the world. The United States cultivate 2,500 apple assortments, however just 100 of these apples are available on the market for purchase. There are 16 that are ready to be picked, Akane, Burgundy, Ginger Gold, McIntosh, Jonamac, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Empire, Red Delicious, Jenna Blush, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Ida Red, Northern Spy and Rome Beauty.

So once you choose your favorite apple, it is an excellent idea to know what the best apple is for eating, baking or garnishing. Cortland has a tangy taste and they are best used for snacking, perfect for salads, and is an excellent baking apple. The delicious empire apples have a distinct merging of two tastes, sweet and tart. They are crisp and very juicy. The empire is a perfect eating apple and is ideal for garnishing your favorite salads. The yellow in color, ginger gold is ambrosial but slightly bitter. It makes for an excellent eating apple and just the right addition for a topping on salads. The mouth-watering golden delicious has a mild sweet taste. So they wonderful for eating, putting them into salads for that extra zing and for making apple sauce. The honey crisp is a big moist and sweet flavored apple which is one of the best apples for eating. The Ida red burst with flavor and extremely refreshing making it the perfect eating and baking apple. Jonagold is a concoction of two different taste, tart and sweet with a hearty texture. It happens to be one of the world’s most selected apples for eating. The Jonamac sweet/tart savoring flavor tends to be a top pick to enjoy while eating as well as for preparing sauces. McIntosh is a dripping relishing aromatic delight. The McIntosh is noted for the most preferred ever eating apple.

The Macoun has a slight tart taste and firm in consistency so good for a healthy snack and excellent for making and complimenting fresh desserts. The northern spy variety of apples is also a tasty eating apple, ideal for sauces and top-notch for many of your favorite baking recipes. The red delicious is sweet, succulent, another great eating apple and one of the best for mixing in or topping off your salads. The Rome apples are firm moderately tart quality choice for baking and for making a flavored sauce. As a plus this particular apple preserves very well.

Behling Orchards began in 1947 with just a mere 6 acres but today it has significantly expanded into an amazing 160 remarkable acres. They offer an impressive 70 varieties of apples. And they are known for some of the best exciting family fun in the area. Also included at Behling Orchards where U-pick is the main activity and not just apples. You can also pick scrumptious strawberries, tasty blueberries and delectable cherries.

This year something new and frightening is going to be at Behling this year for all those devote WALKING DEAD fans, this year a tremendous event is going to be held in the apple orchards which has never been done before. The event is going to include realistic zombies roam aimlessly in the orchards and the visitors will have the wild opportunity with a paint gun in hand to stop the zombies before they take over the apple orchards in Mexico, New York.

Beak and Skiff has been in the apple growing business in LaFayette, NY for 100 years. During the years they have maintained a cautious observation on the apple trees in the orchard. The trees are guarded with the most updated growing methods. Throughout the winter months every individual tree, all 250,000 of them are hand edged. When Spring time arrives over 400 bee hives are brought into the farm which assists to fertilize the crops. Also, the weather is closely monitored to be alerted to safeguard any possible risk of frost. Beak and Skiff was the foremost orchard to use wind machines ways to ensure their protection.

The bitter cold winters and downpours in Upstate New York allow the trees to cultivate unusually durable, causing the area the elite in the world for the success of growing apples. Another outstanding factor of Beak and Skiff is that they are in affiliation with Cornell University the cutting edge college that has one of the largest agricultural programs. Together they are capable to remain current with new breakthroughs in the field of farming introducing them to the market.

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      Linda Robinson 22 months ago from Cicero, New York

      Hey Gavin that is really too bad, gee here it is apple orchards for miles and miles and miles. We just love it when Fall arrives. That is one of the first things we do as family fun. There are more apple varieties each year. And of the of best healthiest fruits ever, for eating or cooking or adding to any recipe. Definitely one thing we love about Upstate New York. Enjoy your night. And a million thanks for taking the time and your feedback. Take care.

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      Gavin Heinz 22 months ago from Austin TX

      I like this hub, because I LOVE picking apples. Though in Austin you cant really pick em, go on a trip to WV and pick all the apples you want...also apples

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Good Morning thatmommyblogger That is too bad, for us when the Fall cooler weather is felt, and for a fun family time for all ages, our first thoughts turn to apple picking. And the orchards here no also have so many other fun family activities, and the delicious varieties. But so sorry, where are you, that you didn't have the opportunity to pick, hopefully next year. We got a lot of rain too, but it just made the apples huge. Thank you for leaving a comment, I really appreciate it and love hearing from other hubbers, great meeting you. I look forward to reading your hubs. Enjoy your day. Talk to you again. Linda

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      Missy 2 years ago from The Midwest

      I'm bummed that we didn't go apple picking this year. Heavy rain ruined a lot of the crops out here.

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Really it is such a sight here to see the miles and miles of apples that line our countryside this time of year, spectacular. Thanks for your reply. Linda

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      madugundu krishna 2 years ago from Yemmiganur

      apple is fine fruit. no gardens at here. we are importing from the Kashmir.

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Hey Angela always so nice to hear from you. I know in this area we are apple country. Just love it. Anything like that where you live? We are a walking dead family, my adult kids just love it too. But gee apples are one of our favorite fruits, and there is nothing fresher than taking that first bite as you choose one from the tree. My husband laughs every time we go saying it is a good thing that you are not weighed going in and after picking. Or charge you for the ones you eat. :) Take care Angela. Yes, the same to you as well. Please do stay in touch. Linda

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      Angela 2 years ago from Colorado

      Hi Linda- All is well here! Just loving the beginning of the fall season! Your hub reminded me to update my apple turnover suggestion with my recommended apple for baking :) I am not a Walking Dead fan but my husband is. Happy hubbing! Angela

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Not sure about that one Jackie but it makes complete sense. When we go this year I will ask and see what I can find out for you. :) Take care. So enjoyed your feedback. Have a good night. Linda

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I would so love to pick my own apples and to make applesauce. I had a friend who use to and she said it was so easy throwing in everything. I know it was delicious. I make fresh cider myself sometimes and that is really good. I can't understand cider just being made in fall. If I can make it why can't a company? There are apples all winter!

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Hello Angela how have you been? Thanks so much for your feedback, I really appreciate it. Oh have you ever watched the AMC movie the WALKING DEAD? Or have you heard of it? It is or many reasons, it has so many amazing scenic areas. Take care. Linda

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      Angela 2 years ago from Colorado

      Nice hub Linda! The Zombie event sounds fun! I absolutely adore upstate NY....SO beautiful :)

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Thank so much so happy that you enjoyed it. :) You are welcome. Something you enjoy doing? Linda

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      JR Krishna 2 years ago from India

      Wow! What a wonderful hub and photos

      Thanks for sharing