Apple Trees in Israel

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We spent the last two weeks in Israel and visited a couple apple-growing regions (yes, you probably didn’t know Israel grew apples).  The above tree is in the Golan Heights in a Druse village and is one of the first apple trees planted there in 1946.  The variety is Starking Red Delicious and it is considered old by their standards and middle-aged by ours.  The northern portion of the Golan up against Mt. Hermon is quilted with apple orchards, mostly grown on local Hashabi rootstocks, trained as semi-dwarf spaced about 10 to 15 feet apart.  The varieties growing in the area were Golden Delicioius, Starking Delicious (Red Delicious hybrid), Granny Smith, Smoothee (a Golden Delicious hybrid), Jonathan, and Gala. None of these would be much good flavor-wise in the store. However, a grower told us had just harvested their first Pink Lady apples, which he said were delicious and fetched an excellent price.  Indeed, the sack of them he showed us looked really good; I think they will really catch on there.

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3 Responses

  1. I have been working with Apples for awhile the types are as follows anna,elali,maayan,.these trees produced in Alachua,florida 32615.L.David Payne
    would like to replace the maayan type which was a small red apple good to make cider.if others are out there let me know by snail mail. e-mail down currently.

  2. The apples and pears in Israel are delicious and come from several regions. The best pears I have ever tasted came from Rosh Pina, a town in Israel’s Hula Valley. Apples grow in the Golan, but also in the Upper Galilee at Bar’am and the Jish/Sasa area and at high elevations in the central hills north of Jerusalem. Similarly, plums and cherries are grown in all these same areas. One last thing the mangoes in Israel are INCREDIBLE – best I have had. “Maya” variety. Also excellent are the passionfruits. It’s incredible that these fruits with such different growing conditions all grow in such a small geographical area.

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