The Big Apple

Homegrown Neighbor gave us this gigantic apple as a gift. The smaller one is for scale, and it’s your typical smallish (i.e. not grocery store large) organic apple.

We suspect Monster Apple is not for eating, only for marveling. It’s a Gordon apple, grown at the esteemed Eco-Home here in Los Angeles. According to HN, the other apples on the tree were large, too, but this one was the daddy of them all.

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  1. We have a couple of Gordon apple trees in San Diego. They took a lot time to get established and fruit (more than five years) but once they started they have been reliable producers of excellent apples, which is pretty remarkable in a coastal climate about 1 mile from the ocean. Very easy to care for.

    The trees crop pretty well every year, and each tree produces at least one or two giant apples every year that are almost twice as large as the other apples on the tree (and the average apple size is pretty large as it is). The giant apples taste just like the others– excellent, if you don’t leave them on the tree too long. Not sure why they do this, or if this is typical of other types of apple trees (our other trees are all too young to fruit much yet).

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