By Kate E. Stephenson
Juicy, sweet and ripe, this Katy simply screams, “Bite me!” My advice? Oblige her. Because Katy is a delicious variety of apple cultivated in Sweden. Katys, first developed in 1947, are harvested in late August and early September. These crunchy, red skinned, pale fleshed fruit are of medium size and mild flavor. Said to have a refreshing acidity with a hint of strawberry flavor, the Katy is an apple great for straight eating, as well as for cooking and juicing.
The Katy tree is a rather easy-to-grow, low maintenance plant in temperate climates. With pinkish-white blossoms that burst everywhere, they are super beautiful in bloom.
Because of the sweet flavor, modest size and early season ripening, Katys are known to be great lunchtime snacks for school children.
But the fun isn’t just for children—Thatchers Katy is a hard cider that combines the wholesome goodness of this apple with the fun of fermented libation. The result of the oak maturation process is a light, bubbly medium-dry drink with a 7.4% abv. So please enjoy your Katy responsibly!
So tell me, how do you like them apples?