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Yoga Classes – Health and Wellbeing at The Coves

Fitness Classes at The Coves

Body like a mountain.

Heart like an ocean.

Mind like the sky.

Yoga lovers the world over use this verse in meditation. It calms the mind by evoking beautiful images of mountains, water, and sky. If you’re a yoga devotee, your studio probably dims the lights and plays recorded sounds to replicate a natural environment. Your yoga teacher may prompt you to close your eyes and picture soft blue skies as you listen to recorded sounds of birds or breezes, or rain trickling down a mountainside. 

Now imagine taking your yoga outdoors into a blissful setting like the Blue Ridge Mountains where nature is your studio. Where blue skies and calm waters sooth minds and lift spirits. Imagine greeting each morning with sun salutations as dawn breaks over Grandfather Mountain, lighting up sapphire skies, bringing your body, heart, and mind into harmony with nature. Imagine aligning your vinyasa flow with the natural flow of the Johns River cascading down the mountain toward Wilson Creek, while a family of Carolina chickadees sing softly from a nearby beech tree.

You can imagine it, or you can live it – at The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir, NC, where residents take their downward dog to new heights! Yoga classes are offered every Monday at 9:30 a.m. by Jenny Beane at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge in the center of this beautifully designed community of North Carolina mountain properties. Keane has 200 Hrs E­ RYT with Yoga Alliance, is Thai Yoga Bodywork certified, Pilates Matwork certified, Master Trainer with Athletic and Fitness Association of America. She has amassed over 1000 teaching hours since 2010 when she completed her 240 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Neighborhood Yoga in Boone, NC.  

Folks who know us know we provide an oasis of mountain living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. It’s a favorite among Baby Boomers and retirees looking for mountain homes North Carolina. And the abundance of outdoor activities at The Coves – including hiking, fishing, gardening, and yoga – are just a few of the reasons why. 

There’s no shortage of Lenoir NC events related to health and fitness. And yoga is a favorite among many of our Boomers. More than 24 million people currently practice yoga in the United States, and 78% say they took their first yoga class to work on their flexibility. It’s no surprise then that Baby Boomers are the fastest growing group of yoga devotees.

That’s why The Coves Mountain River Club is bending over backwards to make sure yoga lovers in the neighborhood are able to get all of the health advantages, energy boosts, and mind-body benefits that come with the yoga lifestyle. Not only does The Coves offer transcendent views for a one-of-a-kind, one-with-nature yoga experience, this community maintains state-of-the-art fitness amenities, including a fully loaded workout room, outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, and 39 miles of hiking, biking and horse trails all within the gates of The Coves and mountain homes North Carolina.

No matter which beautiful corner of the neighborhood you’re coming from, you’ll get a nice pre-yoga (or pre-workout) cardio warm-up on your way up to the lodge. The hike to the clubhouse is both invigorating and challenging, with elevations ranging from 1,000 to 1,700 feet. As you make your way up the paved roads, you’ll enjoy every second of the spectacular views.

Up here the air is clean and crisp. Feel it flow through you as you prepare to practice your pranayama breathing exercises when you reach your yoga mat and begin those sun salutations and forward bends. We won’t blame you if you want to end your session in mountain pose (What’s more fitting?) before slipping into the cool waters of the waiting swimming pool, and ending your morning with sweet iced tea on the wrap-around porch of Pisgah Mountain Lodge.

At The Coves Mountain River Club, Mondays are for yoga. But there’s a full schedule of year-round health and wellness activities for residents to enjoy. It’s what makes The Coves so attractive to retirees looking for the highest quality of life and Lenoir NC events. Features of our fitness center include expansive windows facing the mountains with cardio and weight equipment, locker room, showers, and fitness class area. 

There are many North Carolina mountain properties to choose from when planning a retirement, but folks are choosing The Coves for year round living. It’s where they find that perfect mountain home in a community that puts stock in healthy living and offers a variety of indoor and outdoor fitness activities in a peaceful, relaxing mountain setting. Come on out to The Coves Mountain River Club and see what we mean. Namaste.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit. If you come early on Monday, why not take a class with Jenny Beane.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84-page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide, which gives you more information about living in the foothills of North Carolina.

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2016 Summer Lenoir NC Events at The Coves

Artist in Residence Charlie Frye

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM – Charlie Frye

Wine & Design Art Class – June 17, 2016

Attendees had a wonderful night with local artist Charlie Frye of Frye Art Studios in Lenoir, one of the best mountain towns in the Carolinas. There were a total of 11 ladies who attended the event. Frye loves to teach and set up his easel in the kitchen, while the students gathered around the bar. He provided everyone with a wood board about 12×12 inches in size. This became everyone’s painting canvas. Frye started the evening by taking everyone out onto the back veranda to take in the views from our Carolina mountain community.

The class was about painting a mountain scene, so what better inspiration than the views off the veranda from the Pisgah Mountain Lodge. Classes by Frye teach you to paint in steps. Frye would paint one section of the piece and the students were instructed to follow suit. He wouldn’t give out paint until he was finished demonstrating a particular step, then he provided the colors the students needed. Once everyone was was finished, attendees oohed and ahhed over each other’s painting. Frye is so much fun, and keeps folks laughing as he teaches. If we’re lucky, Frye might return in August. You can find Fyre at most Lenoir NC events.

COVES COOK OFF COMPETITIONS

Rib Cook-Off – June 18, 2016

Saturday, June 18, we had our annual Rib Cook-Off. This is one of residents most favorite events of the year. We have many Northern home owners, and they enjoy competing against a Southern who thinks he is the rib master. People started to rush in right before 1:00pm bringing their ‘right of the grill’ ribs. We had 13 entries along with lots of delicious sides and desserts.

The day stated with judging. Rib samples are collected from each plate for the judges to taste. The judges taste, talk, and decide which rib will be the winner.  The Director of Communications, Jacqueline Delk, announces the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

This year, Paul Brandenburg, property owner, won 1st place, Mona Houston, Equestrian Director, won 2nd, and Joe Poli, Real Estate Consultant for The Coves, won 3rd place. The rest of the day consisted of everyone eating, laughing, and listening to music from our guest musician, Sarah Tucker, local talent frequently seen at Lenoir NC events. It was a gorgeous Saturday, and most ended up out at the outdoor living room with a the fire pit to savor the evening sunset. We had around 50 people attend. It was a great event! The next cook-off competition is scheduled for August 20, 2016 at our Carolina mountain community.

Side Dish Cook-Off – August 20, 2016

Join us at the Pisgah Mountain Lodge for our annual Side Dish Cook-Off. Bring your most delicious dish from your collection of secret family recipes to battle the other dishes in this high stakes competition. No wagering allowed, but be sure to come with a hearty appetite to taste all the scrumptious side dishes.

The Side Dish Cook-Off will be held at our lodge from 1-4pm on Saturday, August 20th.

GUEST LECTURE SERIES – Don Gardner

Adventures in Hiking in Western North Carolina –  August 2016

Resident of Lenoir since early 2000, Gardner travels the globe in search of the next hiking trail and has a special interest in Western North Carolina. He actively hikes with Smoky Scout’s Hiking Adventures. His guest lecture series presentations include:

  • The Grand Canyon – Rim to Rim to Rim
  • The Grand Tetons – The Teton Crest Trail
  • Lookout Towers of Western North Carolina
  • Adventures in Hiking in Western North Carolina
  • Alaska – The Last Frontier
  • Waterfalls of the Carolinas
  • Hiking in the Appalachian Mountains

There’s always something going at The Coves. You’ll quickly find we are some of the friendliest folks you’ll ever meet in Western North Carolina (and we’re great cooks too!)

Call us directly at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84-page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide, which gives you more information about living in the foothills of North Carolina.

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Round Mountain Ranch 4-H Horse Camp

North Carolina Equestrian CommunitiesSummer is almost here and Caldwell County is excited to remind folks about its 4-H Nature camps for kids and youth. The North Carolina 4-H Horsemanship Camp is held every June. The camp teaches children and youth how to enhance their horseback riding skills and improve their riding technique. The camp is situated amongst North Carolina equestrian communities where North Carolina mountain homes and attractive horse property lay the perfect backdrop for riding lessons, trail rides, and western gaming styles alike.Read More »

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Tasty Culinary Events, Artist in Residence and Guest Lecture Series

Chef Corey Hooks

Back by popular demand, Chef Corey Hooks, Culinary Instructor at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI) returned to our Pisgah Mountain Lodge to demonstrate tasty ways to serve up authentic Shrimp Gumbo. The smells of garlic, paprika and sausage floating through the lodge were as savory as his dish. Upcoming cooking classes include popular food truck specialties, everything chocolate and international flavors.

Cooking demonstrations by award winning local chefs are some of the many culinary events that take place year round at The Coves Mountain River Club. Our residents have an appetite for good food and are quite competitive in the kitchen. 

Five times a year, we come together to compete for the first place title of The Coves Cook-off challenge and to listen to serenades by local musicians like Sarah Tucker. The four cooking competitions at the lodge:

  • March – Best International Dish
  • June – North Carolina BBQ Rib Challenge
  • August – Best Side Dish
  • October – Best Chowder
  • December – Chili & Apple Pie Cook-off

If you’re comparing the best retirement places in North Carolina, we’re confident you’ll be pleased with our social clubs and lifelong learning opportunities. In addition to cooking events, The Coves is the host of a seasonal Artist in Residence and monthly Guest Lecture series.

Charlie Frye is The Coves first Artist in Residence and is commissioned to create and paint two quilt blocks on our Round Mountain Ranch barn that will be unveiled in May. These meaningful masterpieces will be included on the Quilt Block Trail of North Carolina, a collection of more than 200 painted quilt blocks throughout the state of North Carolina.

Paint splattered jeans, rolled at the cuff. Doc Martin boots. Layers of bright colored shirts. Coffee mug and paint brush in hand, famous local artist Charlie Frye is the talk of Lenoir. During the summer season, Frye visits the lodge for a relaxed lecture about art, what inspires him and to showcase a private art exhibit. The Artist in Residence changes seasonally.

Our Guest Lecture series at the lodge includes educational presentations by local hiking guides, avid gardeners, wellness trainers, musicians and our equestrian director, Mona Houston. Whether folks want to learn about trout fishing, fauna and flowers or how to whisper to a horse, there’s always something to learn from our guest speakers.

Did we mention our residents enjoy friendly competition? During the first week of the month, our residents meet at the lodge for Coves Game Night. Whether it’s a game of cards, Chess or Scrabble, our residents know how to have a good time. If you’ve wanted a sense of belonging, you will find it and more at The Coves Mountain River Club.

We know we offer one of the best retirement places in North Carolina.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which will provide more information about living in the foothills.

More about our guest speakers:

GUEST CULINARY CHEF – Executive Chef Corey Hooks

Born May 5, 1984 in Hickory, N.C.; Chef Hooks was raised in Lenoir where his passion for great food began. The youngest of a busy family, his father working two jobs and his mother running a small business, the family still made time to come together for a great home cooked meal. This relationship between food and family sparked his love for the culinary arts, and his passion of bringing people together with great food.

After graduating from West Caldwell High in 2002, he, his father, and brother had the opportunity of opening a small restaurant, Porky’s Bar-B-Q, in Taylorsville, N.C. Helping operate this restaurant for five years, he sought to further his knowledge of the industry by enrolling in Johnson and Wales University Charlotte in 2008. Landing a job at Youseff 242 restaurant in Hickory, while attending JWU helped strengthen and refine his skill set.

He apprenticed as Sous Chef under distinguished 5 Diamond Chef Cory Mattson at Youssef 242. Chef Mattson led the Fearrington House Inn, outside of Chapel Hill, N.C., for 10 years receiving the AAA 5 Diamond Award each year. Chef Hook’s drive led him to become Matton’s Sous Chef at Youssef 242 until May 2012.

In May 2012, Chef Hooks was hired as Executive Chef of Bistro 127 in Hickory N.C. to help bring creativity, refinement, passion, and his overall skillset to the kitchen. In September 2012, Bistro 127 was awarded Catawba Valley’s Best Chef.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – Charlie Frye

Paint splattered jeans, rolled at the cuff. Doc Martin boots. Layers of bright colored shirts. Coffee mug and paint brush in hand. Conversations with passersby. Art lessons being taught to children ages 5 to 85.

This is what you’ll find on any given day at Frye Art Studio in downtown Lenoir, NC. The owner of the studio and artist at work ~ Charlie Frye ~ known by many as just “Frye”.

It wasn’t until the age of 25 that he first picked up a paintbrush. But don’t let the lack of years fool you. This self-taught, 35 year old artist is a native of western North Carolina and a full time creator of all things art. Aside from his painting, he carves block prints and creates unique sculptures. Recycling is a way of life for him, so he uses repurposed objects in his creations. His canvases include unusual items, such as old maps, projector screens and burlap sacks.

What he is most known for though, are his acrylic Americana paintings. These compositions depict life in rural Appalachia, including many of farmers and musicians with the Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop.

Charlie has participated in several group art shows throughout Western North Carolina and the Southeast. Frye is currently represented by Wickwire Gallery in Hendersonville, Taupe Gallery in North Wilkesboro, and 87 Ruffin Street Gallery in Linville.

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Heirloom Apple Trees at The Coves

Apple Trees at The Coves

The Coves Heirloom Apple Trees by John Lemke & Bill Karr

The original pioneer settlers challenged these mountains and forests by making farms on our steep slopes. Like all the early pioneers of young America, subsistence farming and self reliance was the rule of life. They brought with them apples from the old country (Europe and the British Isles). Apple orchards were immediately planted for survival. Between 1750 and 1900 all people of these Western Mountain regions relied on their fruit orchards.

In the early 1900’s, roads improved and produce was made available even to the people of the Appalachian Mountains. Many local people moved to cities in search of better “cash jobs”. Slowly the mountain farms and their orchards began to be neglected. By 1900 there were possibly as many as 1,500 different apple varieties in the Southeastern US on family farms. These apples were described by the father of the Heirloom apple movement, Lee Calhoun and his wife, Edith, in their 1995 book “Old Southern Apples”. About half of these 1,500 apple varieties have been lost during the 1900s.

With a heart for history Doug Hundley and others at the Avery County Extension Office began locating the most important heirloom apples of AveryCounty. One result is the apple trees which are planted around the gazebo. This will help those of you who want to pass on to your children and their children the living history of their Mountain Culture.

Enjoy the Good Old Days

This book became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995. Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Out of print for several years, this newly revised and expanded edition now features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928.

Old Southern Apples: A Comprehensive History and Description of Varieties for Collectors, Growers, and Fruit Enthusiasts, 2nd Edition

 

HEIRLOOM APPLE TREES 1. CAROLINA RED JUNE

Ripens: June to July

AKA: Blush June, Georgia June, Knight’s Red June, Red Harvest, Jones June, Jones Early Harvest, Summer Red, Everbearing Red June, Red June, Red Juneating, Carolina Red, Improved Red June, Sheepnose Crab

Circa: Early 1800s in Tennessee.

This long-time Southern favorite has long been highly valued for its early ripening qualities. Unlike most early season varieties, which fail to develop a full balance of flavors in their short ripening period, Carolina Red June has a high quality flavor making it a first choice for pie making and fresh eating. A cute, small to medium apple, its beauty is exceptional for such an early apple. It was prized for its cooking quality as well. The fruit ripens over a period of several weeks. The tree is very productive and has an unusual habit of occasionally blooming twice in the same season, producing a second smaller crop of apples in the Fall.

Fruit is small to medium with smooth, dark red skin and is quite oblong or conical in appearance. The flesh is white, fine grained, tender, juicy, and briskly subacid. This apple has extraordinary flavor and sweetness for an early ripening apple.

HEIRLOOM APPLE TREES 2. WILLIAMS FAVORITE

Ripens: July

Circa: About 1750 in Massachusetts

This apple became known as an excellent apple  when grown in the South. This prized, early season apple is absolutely beautiful. Conical in shape and medium to large in size, its bright red apples catch the eye of friends and neighbors each July. The apples are of outstanding quality.

The apples are excellent for cooking and eating. The flesh is moderately firm, mostly white,juicy,and mildly subacid. This apple has extraordinary flavor and sweetness for a spring time apple. It tastes more like a mid-season apple variety.

HEIRLOOM APPLE TREES 3. SUMMER RAMBO

Ripens: July through August

AKA: Summer Rambour, Rambour Franc
Circa: 16
th Century in France. This apple is one of the first grown in early America.

Summer Rambo is a 16th century French apple popular with American colonists. Rambour is a French name given to certain varieties of red apples of a large size. In the states it was originally referred to as Summer Rambour and Rambour Franc evolving to its current name by 1850’s. In France, where there are a dozen or more Rambour varieties, it is known as Rambour d’Ete. Rambour is thought to have originated in the village of Rambures in Picardy.

It was probably brought to American by the Virginia Tidewater Plantation owners who included such notables as Jefferson and Washington.

Summer Rambo is crisp, very juicy, yellow, breaking flesh. It is a great apple for early season eating out of hand. It is excellent for sauce and as it ripens further. Large red fruit, bright striped. Cold-hardy.

HEIRLOOM APPLE TREES 4. RAY APPLE

Ripens: September

AKA: Munson Sweet, Orange Sweet, Meacham Sweet, Orange, Northern Sweet, Rag Apple, Bramley Seedling

Circa: Before 1849 in Massachusetts

The quality of the fruit is such that people from our local community line up to get every last one of these apples every year. Vida Carpenter, a local resident in Avery County, says “her father had several Ray apple trees years ago and Bill’s is the only one left”. It is an extraordinary apple which to some degree fits the description of the Munson Sweet, which was sold by several southern nurseries at the turn of the century.

Fruit is medium to large, round oblate to oblate. The skin has beautiful streaks of orange, red, bronze and yellow. The flesh is yellowish, fine-grained, tender, moderately juicy and very sweet. It has excellent balance of acidity and sweet.

HEIRLOOM APPLE TREES 5. RED SHEEPNOSE

Ripens: September

AKA: Black Gilliflower, Red Gilliflower, Old Time Sheepnose, Crow Egg, Black Annie, Black Sheepnose

Circa: 18th Century in Connecticut

It’s most distinct feature is its shape – being very oblong and tapering down to a narrow point at the blossom end.

The fruit is medium to large, very conical; skin is dark, dull red and obscurely striped; flesh is greenish white, firm, rather course and moderately juicy, though becoming dry when overripe. This apple has a distinct banana aroma and highly desirable taste though not really very sweet. Cold-hardy. It is a prized apple for baking and desserts!

HEIRLOOM APPLE TREES 6. MR. GURNEYS DELICIOUS

Ripens: September

AKA: Original Delicious variety, Hawkeye Circa: Before 1870 in Peru, Iowa

Hawkeye started as a small insignificant seedling in Jesse Hiatt’s Peru, Iowa orchard. The original Delicious, Hawkeye, was not welcomed at the time and was cut down several times because the seedling wasn’t growing in the row of Bellflower apple trees as desired. Nonetheless, Mr. Hiatt admired the tenacity of the seedling and gave it a chance to fruit. After many years he finally had an opportunity to sample the determined seedling. Taking out his pocket knife he carefully sliced into the only apple. In great excitement, Jesse told his wife, “Ma, this is the best apple in the whole world!” He never changed his mind. Hawkeye is the original Delicious, the one that earned the name.

This genuine original strain of the world’s most widely grown apple has never been improved on as far as eating quality. It is superior in flavor to all Red Delicious strains. Sweet, juicy and tender. The apple is medium to large with a clear, smooth, glossy yellow skin covered with red shading and striping, with fine grained crisp and juicy flesh. It is more flavorful than the Red Delicious. It keeps well through Christmas.

HEIRLOOM APPLE TREES 7. MOTHER BUD

Ripens: September to November

AKA: Mother apple, Gardener’s apple, Queen Anne, American Mother Circa: From Massachusetts

This apple is well adapted to the south and very popular in Central North Carolina at the turn of the century. The apples are remembered as very sweet by local folks and are described in literature as ripens all at once, good for fresh eating and cooking but will become bland if left on the tree too long.

The skin is rather dull golden color nearly covered with red and deeper red stripes. Flesh is described as yellow, fine-grained, tender, juicy, mild sub-acid with a distinct aroma. It is a superb dessert quality eating apple.

HEIRLOOM APPLE TREES 8. FALLAWATER

Ripens: September

AKA: Tulpehocken, Talpahawkins, Formwalder, Mountain Pippin, Green Mountain Pippin, Prim’s Beauty of the West, Pine’s Beauty of the West, Pound, Winter Blush, Kelly, Brubaker, Molly Whopper, Pharawater, Fornwalder, Stump of the World.

Circa: Before 1842 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Beach in Apples of New York, Volume I, Page 125, in 1905 wrote: “Color red tinged with yellow. Origin Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Hovey referred to it in 1856 as having been known and cultivated for many years.” It was described in 1842. The tree is a vigorous grower, the bark is a dark-red, and the coarse, shiny and large leaves are sharply serrated.

The exact origin the Fallawater and meaning of its strange name are not known, but theories abound! A standard story is the first seedling Fallawater tree grew on the banks of the Tulpehocken creek in 1842 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A good story is how the fruit was first discovered floating down the creek having “Fallen in the Water”. Great story anyway.

Large in size and globular in form, usually the skin is flushed a dull-red to a bright-red with russet dots, and the white flesh is tinged green. Very mild in flavor, the flesh of this dessert apple is coarse, crisp and tender, with a slight sweetness. A triploid, it is a regular bearer, and there have been reports that under very favorable conditions, the fruit will grow to 6 inches in diameter.

HEIRLOOM APPLE TREES 9. AMERICAN GOLDEN RUSSET

Ripens: September through October

Circa: Before 1800

Recently home gardens and small orchards have renewed interest in the Golden Russet for its distinctive appearance and intense flavor. The “champagne” of old-time cider apples is delicious for eating and drying.

It is grey-green to golden bronze with a coppery orange cheek; heavily splotched with light brown russet. Crisp, highly flavored, fine-textured, yellow flesh makes very sugary juice. They are high in sugar, acid and tannins, which make them a good pair with almost any apple for eating, cooking or cider.

HEIRLOOM APPLE TREES 10. VIRGINIA WINESAP

Ripens: October

AKA: American Wine Sop, Banana, Hendrick’s Sweet, Holland’s Red Winter, Pot Pie Apple, Potpie, Red Sweet Wine Sop, Royal Red of Kentucky, Texan Red, Winter Wine

Circa: 1922 in Troutville, VA

A redder sport of Winesap. But gorgeous as Virginia Winesap apples are to look at, they’re even better to eat – tart, tangy, juicy, and extra firm.

HEIRLOOM APPLE TREES 11. SWISS LIMBERTWIG

Ripens: October

AKA: There are many different types of Limbertwigs, numbering around twenty. Most are named so because of the drooping nature of their limbs. Most limbertwigs have a distinctive taste, a little acidic, yet still sweet. Many simply reply: “Tastes like an old apple variety should”.

Circa: Cumberland Mountains

The apple is wonderfully colored. It has the most unusual color of purplish maroon with dots. It is firm, sweet, and very crisp. It originated with Swiss settlers in the Cumberland Mountains. It has medium size and is a very good apple for fresh eating. A truly great apple.

When refrigerated, this apple will keep until March. It keeps its shape in a pie and has splendid tart sweet pie flavor.

HEIRLOOM APPLE TREES 12. MAMMOTH BLACKTWIG

Ripens: October

AKA: Blacktwig, Paragon, Arkansas Circa: 1830 in Tennessee

This old Tennessee variety was introduced around 1830 as a seedling on the farm of Major Rankin Toole. This apple is of unparalleled fresh eating quality. It was said to be Andrew Jackson’s favorite apple. Once thought to be a synonym of Winesap, it is known to be the seedling of Winesap. The Black Twig is the ultimate in a tart apple; excellent for fresh eating and tannic acid which adds body to cider.

Fruit is large, conical with skin that is yellowish and covered almost entirely with dark red spots and indistinct red striping. Its flesh is white, almost yellow, firm, juicy, and mildly subacid. The fruit of the Mammoth Blacktwig tends to be rather tart when picked, but mellows to a luscious mild sub acid flavor reminiscent of Winesap when stored a couple of months. Great for eating fresh or cooking, this apple is an excellent keeper and should be stored in the refrigerator for peak flavor.

This apple is known as one of the very best apple for pies. It continues to increase in sweetness through the Christmas holidays. It will keep until March when it is in the refrigerator. It keeps its shape in a pie and has a splendid tart sweet pie flavor.

HEIRLOOM APPLE TREES

Our apple trees will grow to about 15’ – 20’ high and need to be spaced 20’ apart.

DESIGN & PLANTING

John Lemke
5342 Oak Crest Lane Lenoir, NC 28645
JohnDLemke@att.net

Bill Karr
5222 Sunset Creek Lane
Lenoir, NC 28645
bkarr000@gmail.com

 TREE SOURCE

Doug Hundley
Avery County Extension Center
doug_hundley@ncsu.edu

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION

The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir, NC 28645

©2016 John D. Lemke

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