I've just started my apple adventure. I have 5 trees. One is about 4 years old, the rest are between 1 and 3 years. I have them to enjoy and also a back up food source. Love me some dehydrated apples, better yet some dehydrated figs. I think we have about 50 quarts of pressure canned apples left, or were they hw bath? They are good in many recipes but are awesome by their selves as well.
Ever heard of a Hackworth apple? When I was growing up they were all around here, everybody had them out by their barns or fields. The fruit is good, not something to go home running about but the trees were pretty much treatment free. I have one from a graft.
I love my trees, vines, and bushes. One of the great simple pleasures I have in life is to just mill around in the evening and pick grapes and eat them. Then when they are gone the scuppernongs are ready. Now the pomegranate's are just about there. My pecans will start falling in a few weeks. Before that was figs, blue berries, crab apples, pears, and probably something else. and i'm not overweight. Probably something to do with the 6 or 8 miles I walk every day at work.
...did I go off post or what...