Absolutely the best. That's what you get when you pick Ellijay for apples. Nestled
in the mighty Appalachian Mountains, Ellijay is the heart of Georgia's apple country,
From late August to December, roadside stands abound with the tastiest, tree-ripened
mountain apples available. And by buying direct from the growers, you are assured
of getting better tasting, fresher, less expensive apples amidst some of the state's
most breathtaking scenery.
Take a bite of a ripe North Georgia apple with napkin in hand. Grocery store apples,
fresh out of cold storage, can be up to a year old and mighty short on juice. Ellijay
apples, grown in Georgia's Apple Capital, are the first new crop available in the
country every year. The season begins in late August and runs through December.
Cool mountain nights produce the best tasting, crispiest apples. A taste test held
by the University of Georgia found that consumers overwhelmingly preferred Georgia
apples over Washington state apples.
Step inside any of the roadside stands listed below and you will get a jolt of sweet/tart
aroma from hundreds of ripe apples, hand picked from orchards so recently that green
leaves still cling to their stems.
You'll find all the familiar varieties like Red and Golden Delicious, but you'll
also discover some not always available in many chain grocery stores, like Gala,
Winesap and Mutsu.
Where else can you find apple products like homemade apple butter, fried apple pies
and old-fashioned cider pressed from apples?
A drive for apples takes you into the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Plus, most
of apple season coincides with a breathtaking display of autumn colors.
Apples are high in dietary fiber, low in sodium and contain no cholesterol. A medium-sized
apple contains only 80 calories. Because Ellijay apples take well to drying, frying,
baking and stewing, they're delicious at any meal or as a snack.