In any average year in central Alabama, pears will produce more fruit and withstand pests better than apples. But not this year, at least not at Longleaf Breeze. A late-season frost clobbered almost all our pears. reducing production to merely a handful of scrawny, unimpressive pears. The apples, on the other hand, sailed through the frost almost unscathed and set fruit a few days later. The result – at least for us – is a hearty dose of abundance. We had five apple trees of three cultivars that were just loaded down with crispy, tasty fruit. Our best crop ever.
I harvested most of the remaining apples this weekend and made jam Sunday and Monday. Over the two days, we canned about 40 jars of jam totaling four and a half gallons of jam. Quite a haul!