Winter is approaching at a rapid rate and we are getting ready to brace for the cold weather conditions we dread all year long.
This will get you in the icy mood…remember when frozen apples began forming on trees earlier this year in Michigan? People were absolutely amazed that it got so cold that they could completely FREEZE… leaving an icy shell of what would be an apple.
Michigan really suffered this February as a result of the icy conditions and experienced many power shortages.
Amongst all of the negatives winter brings, it also has its beautiful moments as these ‘ghost apples’ began forming on trees in an orchard located in the Fruit Ridge area of Kent County.
How amazing is that?
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Andrew Sietsema, who works as a farm manager, shared photos of the ‘out of this world’ ghost apples and captured them hanging from tree branches, without their peel or core.
“I guess it was just cold enough that the ice covering the apple hadn’t melted yet, but it was warm enough that the apple inside turned to complete mush (apples have a lower freezing point than water)”
“When I pruned a tree it would be shaken in the process, and the mush would slip out of the bottom of the ghost apple. Most apples just fell off, ice and all. But quite a few would leave a cool ghost apple behind”
Amazingly, the ice began to form after rain froze and left solid shells around rotten apples in the Fruit Ridge.
“I’m sure you could find them at any orchard on the Ridge near Sparta, Michigan, or at least any that still had a few unpicked apples hanging on the trees. Jonagolds are one of my favorite apple varieties, but we’ll call these ‘Jonaghosts’”