Thanks to Idaho’s unique high desert climate and our fertile soil, many crops love to grow and thrive here. One of the highest yielding crops locally is the apple, with an estimated 60 million pounds being produced each year. With a harvesting period between August to October, it’s no surprise why they are such a prominent flavor and symbol in the changing fall season.
Apple orchards of the pioneers can be found tucked away secretly in the foothills and across the valleys. Before they came, the only apple native to America was the crabapple. Once settlers from the East Coast and the rest of the world began moving in, apples continued to grow alongside their farmers. Now, the most popular varieties of apples grown in Idaho are the Jonathan, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Rome, and the Fuji apple.
Getting out into the fresh air and picking your own apples is incredibly easy to do here in the Treasure Valley since Idaho is still a leading wonderland of locally grown produce.
Find an Apple Orchard Near You
- Candy Apple Orchards - Emmett, ID
- Cabalo’s Orchard and Gardens - Kuna, ID
- Anderson Apple Ranch - Emmett, ID
- Tyler's Rocky Point Orchard - Emmett, ID
- Williams Fruit Ranch - Emmett, ID
- Caldwell Idaho Orchards - Caldwell, ID
- Perin Orchards - Emmett, ID
- Kelley Orchards - Weiser, ID
- Suyehira Farm - Emmett, ID
- Shaw Orchards - Emmett, ID
- Walker Fruit Ranch - Emmett, ID
- Northview Orchard - Buhl, ID
Best Recipes for Each Type of Apple You Pick
Apples, although delicious on their own, can have many different purposes. From your favorite trail snack to a warm dessert, Idaho apples are the swiss knife of fruit. Here are some ideas for each type of Idaho apples:
- Jonathan - Fried Apples
- Red Delicious - Apple Sauce
- Jonagold - Apple Cake
- Golden Delicious - Apple Crisp
- Honeycrisp - Baked Honeycrisp Apples with Walnuts
- Rome - Apple Dumplings with Vanilla Icecream
- Fuji apple - Baked Apple Chips
Other Fun Fall Activities In The Treasure Valley
If apples aren’t your flavor or you’re looking for more quintessential fall activities for you and your loved ones, we’ve got you covered!
Check out this blog on where to find all the local pumpkin patches,
Local Pumpkin Patches
Go to a Boise State Broncos football game,
BSU Football Games
Attend a Mad Swede Beer release,
Mad Swede Beer Release
In the mood for some apple-flavored brunch, check out these SCRUMPTIOUS Treasure Valley brunch spots,
Treasure Valley Brunch Spots
Paying attention to your mental health is vital in the darker, Fall months, read more on the resources we’ve gathered to help you find the resources and support you might be needing,
Mental Health Resources in the Treasure Valley
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