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Old 11-02-2017, 11:04 PM
 
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I have planted one, but decide to plant two more, not sure if it tastes good.

Where can I buy Arkansas Black Apple? I mean fruit, not tree. I want to taste it(fruit) before buying more trees. I did not find it in nearby grocery stores.
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Old 11-03-2017, 04:26 AM
 
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I have planted one, but decide to plant two more, not sure if it tastes good.

Where can I buy Arkansas Black Apple? I mean fruit, not tree. I want to taste it(fruit) before buying more trees. I did not find it in nearby grocery stores.
Just curious, why did you plant a fruit tree if you didn't taste it before hand? Were you simply going after foliage?
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Old 11-03-2017, 08:19 AM
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Location: Algood/Cookeville TN
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We just bought some Arkansas Black apples last week. They are a crisp, tart, apple which to us, are not that great when first picked. But after they age for a while in the refrigerator, they mellow and we like them. They keep very well; we have had them last for several months in the fridge.
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Old 11-03-2017, 01:29 PM
 
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sounds similar to winesap. I like them but they're definitely on the tangy side.
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Old 11-03-2017, 02:40 PM
 
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I like a nice firm, tart apple and the Arkansas Black fit that description. I'd never heard of them until a trip to the Southwest USA a few years ago. They were growing at Slide Rock State Park near Sedona, AZ.


The ranger told us that those trees were over a hundred years old. So apparently, given the right conditions they are a long-lived species.


If they are good keepers it makes sense that settlers would have chosen the variety to plant.
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Old 11-03-2017, 06:03 PM
 
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I put in an Arkansas Black apple because they are supposed to be too hard for the birds so the birds will go elsewhere.

It is not true. Birds destroyed them before they were even half grown. So I never got to taste them.

It is also not true that birds won't eat gold cherries.

OP if you have room for a couple more apples, plant different varieties. My experience is that growing conditions have such a huge influence that an apple that is good in one location will not be good in another and visa versa. If my Arkansas black had been good for me, that is no guarantee it would be good in your location.
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Old 11-03-2017, 06:08 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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My best apple was a golden delicious. I had 2 golden delicious trees, one was good, one was outstanding... planted about 40 feet apart. That is a blah apple from the super market.

My son's best apple tree was his Gala. Wonderful off of his tree and so bad in the market that I refuse to buy them.

If you want an early apple, my Zestar was outstanding, miles better than any other early apple. Although that doesn't guarantee it would be good in your location.
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Old 11-09-2017, 07:29 PM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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The ranger told us that those trees were over a hundred years old. So apparently, given the right conditions they are a long-lived species.

If they are good keepers it makes sense that settlers would have chosen the variety to plant.
Apparently, in Arkansas most other varieties will succumb to fire blight.

I heard a story that all the apple growers in Washington have roots in Arkansas only because they couldn't grow apples in Arkansas.
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Old 11-09-2017, 07:30 PM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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I put in an Arkansas Black apple because they are supposed to be too hard for the birds so the birds will go elsewhere.

It is not true. Birds destroyed them before they were even half grown. So I never got to taste them.

It is also not true that birds won't eat gold cherries.

OP if you have room for a couple more apples, plant different varieties. My experience is that growing conditions have such a huge influence that an apple that is good in one location will not be good in another and visa versa. If my Arkansas black had been good for me, that is no guarantee it would be good in your location.
I've also heard that cross pollination can create interesting flavors but I have no direct experience in that regard.
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Old 11-13-2017, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Somewhere, out there in Zone7B
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Skye Top Apples in Hendersonville, NC have the Arkansas Black. Not bad, but not my favorite either.
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