09/26/16 6:04am
Snapdragon apples ready to be picked (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Snapdragon apples ready to be picked at Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Everyone loves biting into a crisp, fresh apple — particularly this time of year. Now, a new variety is available on the North Fork for residents to enjoy: the Snapdragon.

The Snapdragon was developed following the success of the Honeycrisp apple years before, according to Tom Wickham, owner of Wickham’s Fruit Farm. His Cutchogue operation is one of two local farms to grow the new variety.

“The old varieties were Macintosh, Golden Delicious and Red Delicious,” Mr. Wickham said. “All those have been overtaken by apples that are better-tasting. Thirty years ago we got Gala, Macoun and Empire. Those new varieties have now become the mainstay of our operation.” (more…)