No one would ever eat a second apple if the first apple they tasted was over-ripe. When an apple is past it's prime, it has no juice to run down the chin and land on a freshly laundered shirt. An over-ripe apple has no taste and feels like a grainy mush inside the mouth. No worries, though, because it is apple-picking time in the orchards of North Georgia.
When the daytime air cools off and a chill is felt once the sun goes down, Georgia's apples fill up with the sweet nectar of life. Apples are the epitome of good health, naturally. Studies prove that eating an apple every day will lower cholesterol. Imagine that. Apples help lower the risk of heart attack because they fight inflammation. For some people, the biggest reason to add an apple to the menu is to keep full longer.
The 42nd Annual Apple Festival will take place at the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds in Ellijay on Oct. 12-13 and 19-20. Admission is $5 for adults and children under age 10 are free. The hours are 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.
There will be an Apple Pickin' Jubilee at Hillcrest Orchards in Ellijay every weekend in October. This is an on the farm, you-pick apple festival. News got out that the pigs will be racing, cows will need milking and animals will need petting. For lazy people, oops, people who just feel a little lazy, there will be wagon rides. For the more energetic, there is mini golf. For more information, call 706-273-3838 or visit hillcrestorchards.net.
The best way to find a just-ripe apple is to pick it off the apple tree, or visit an apple festival. To find a just-ripe apple in the grocery store or farmer's market, press lightly against the apple with your thumb. If there is an indentation on the apple, it is over-ripe. Those apples won't even make a good apple pie. The hard apple that doesn't make a dent is the one to buy.