Traditional apple orchards offer excellent photo opportunities, like this beautiful apple-laden allee. Take an annual family photo during your trip to a u-pick farm. Pictures among the apples will quickly become family favorites.
This Hawaii home is truly a dream retreat. After walking through an orchard of citrus and macadamia nut trees, guests enter through this pretty gate, following a path that seems to float above a koi pond.
This modern outdoor kitchen features several built-in components, including a stainless steel barbecue and a sink. Built-in seating allows guests to lounge nearby while food is prepared, and neat lines of fruit trees give the effect of a sleek, modern orchard.
Well-maintained vineyards sit near the edge of the Figueroa Farms property, located in the Happy Canyon area of Santa Ynez Valley, Calif. An additional 40 acres are primed for viticultural development, and the property also features orchards of olive trees.
It's not possible to feel stressed with that view laid out in front of you. The gorgeous landscaping on the property includes native Traveler’s trees and palms, jasmine, bougainvillea and oleander as well as an orchard with guava and mango trees.
When Ohio was opening as a frontier in 1792, settlers could earn up to 100 acres if they homesteaded in the wilderness. A homestead required 50 apple and 20 peach trees. John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, was an enterprising businessman who traveled ahead of settlers planting and tending apple orchards on land he had purchased. He later sold the orchards to homesteaders. The last apple planted by John is rumored to be a ‘Rambo,’ which continues to grow in Nova, Ohio.
The leaves of an olive tree, the swimming pool and the hills of Happy Canyon are seen through this elegant arched doorway at the Figueroa Farms property in the Santa Ynez Valley in California near Santa Barbara. The home sits on 106 acres which include olive tree orchards.
Apples are presidential fruits, having been raised by many former occupants of the White House. ‘Albermarle Pippin’ was a highly favored variety in the orchards of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. This apple traces its history to 1700 and was the most prized American dessert apple of the early 18th Century.
This patio, steps and stairs use Pennsylvania bluestone pavers at the base and steps made of crab orchard stone slabs. The tall walls are made of existing pressure-treated timbers that Atlanta-based King Landscaping incorporated into design. The border around the patio uses Pennsylvania blue stone with a thermal finish.
The rustic ladder called into duty as a towel rack was once used at apple-picking time in a French orchard; the antique wooden bowl displaying amber and clear glass toiletries on the round stool, in turn, began life as a place to make and knead dough. Warm gray paint on the vanity complements the wide tile on the floor.
When autumn arrives, apples are the undisputed star. Nothing quite compares with a trip to a local orchard or farmers’ market where you can find fresh-picked fruit that’s juicy, crunchy and just plain wonderful. Like many seasonal favorites, apples typically fill a few tried-and-true roles in the kitchen. Of course, they’re terrific for eating out of hand, packing a powerful nutritious punch of fiber and Vitamin C. But apples can headline in a variety of uses that demand minimum prep or skill. Ready to take your apple eating to the next level? Check out some of our favorite ways to enjoy orchard-fresh apples.
A round fire pit made of crab orchard stone works best here because the whole landscape design is more curvilinear, according to King Landscaping in Atlanta. One of the curved, stacked stone walls was existing before they implemented the design. Marrying straight lines into the space would have been awkward.
Set on a 106-acre property in the Santa Ynez Valley in California, this estate features rolling hills, olive tree orchards and is set amongst meticulously maintained vineyards. An additional 40 acres of land are primed for the addition of vineyards specializing in Rhone and Bordeaux-style grape varieties.
Why settle for a blanket and a basket when setting up a table and chairs would make your picnic guests feel super special for just a little bit more effort? Find a scenic setting in a valley, a grove of trees, a pretty field, an orchard, or even a quiet corner in your own back yard. Use a lightweight or folding table and chairs to create the wow-factor without the heavy lifting.
So-called Smyrna-type figs, such as Calimyrna, need a process called caprification to help the figs mature. In California, commercial growers introduce tiny, stingerless wasps called Blastophaga into their orchards to transfer pollen and fertilize the fruits. Without caprification, the figs would shrivel and drop before ripening. Calimyrna figs are sweet and delicious, with a mild, nutty taste. The trees need a mediterranean-like climate (long, warm summers and cool, wet winters).
Despite their association with all things American, apples actually hail from what is modern Kazakhstan. The only apples native to America are crab apples, like Hewe’s Crab Apple. Recorded as early as 1717, this little apple was also known as Virginia crab and was mainly grown for making cider. It was one of Thomas Jefferson’s major cider varieties, with trees filling a large portion of the north orchards at Monticello.