Known for its winter hardiness, Northern Spy apples can be stored up to three months in a cool dry place lasting well into early spring. The Northern Spy is a very late season apple, with red skin and streaked with yellow and pale green. Its tender-crisp flesh is creamy yellow and juicy. Although not easy to find, the Northern Spy is as versatile as apples come. They can be served raw, baked, roasted, sautéed or slow cooked to a puree. They are perfect for use in classic apple preparations such as pies, tarts and cobblers. A popular baker’s mantra is “Spys for pies!” They are also well-known for cider making. The Northern Spy apple tree was first planted in the early 1800s by Herman Chaplin in an East Bloomfield, New York orchard using seeds from Salisbury, Connecticut.Good choice for pies.
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Rosemary Wolbert is a writer cum gentlewoman farmer. A former corporate communicator, she now relishes the quiet country life — just reading, cooking and writing in Pennsylvania. She publishes the blog Sprigs of Rosemary and writes a monthly newspaper column, “Good Food Matters” and believes food bridges all kinds of barriers, real or imagined.