Orchard Fruit

Expect fresh experiences when you walk the fields at Kimmel Orchard. From lush apple and tart cherry trees to colorful rows of pears, peaches, plums and berries—the opportunity to step in and be a part of a working orchard is a unique experience to share with your family or your students.

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blushing gold apple
Blushing Gold
Harvest:
October

This popular Kimmel pick is sweet, balanced and similar in flavor to the Golden Delicious with a slightly tangy flavor commonly found in later season varieties. Bred for disease resistance, Blushing Golden keeps well and tastes wonderful fresh to baked.

braeburn apple
Braeburn
Harvest:
October

Great for fresh eating and often described as ideally flavorful, this apple offers a well-balanced mix of firm, sweet and crisp. Its greenish overlay with reddish highlights adds to its appeal, and this variety makes an excellent applesauce that requires little to no added sugar. Braeburn trees bear fruit relatively quickly after planting, but also requires a high level of care.

cameo apple
Cameo
Harvest:
October

The lush yellow skin of the Cameo is covered in red stripes that develop just prior to the apple being ready for harvest. Its dense flesh ranges from creamy white to yellow with a crisp and juicy texture. Overall, it’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart with hints of honey and citrus.

empire apple
Empire
Harvest:
October

This medium-sized fruit is a cross between Red Delicious and McIntosh with sweet yet acidity and firm characteristics. The trees that bear this fruit are heavy bloomers and considered reliably productive by growers.

enterprise apple
Enterprise
Harvest:
October

This variety boasts a long storage life of approximately 3–6 months when stored in the fridge. With a glossy, dark red skin, its firm and crisp texture offers a mild tartness that makes for tasty eating or baking.

fuji apple
Fuji
Harvest:
October

A Japanese cross between Ralls Genet and Red Delicious, Fuji is an excellent and refreshingly complex snacking apple—large, sweet and juicy with a crisp, fine texture. Its tree requires a very long harvest season and may not ripen before frost in some areas.

gala apple
Gala
Harvest:
September

A very sweet and juicy summer apple, Gala is a cross between Kidd’s Orange Red and Golden Delicious. This small and fragrant fruit showcases yellow undertones with red strains. It’s well-balanced, fresh flavor makes this choice a popular one at most supermarket.

ginger gold apple
Ginger Gold
Harvest:
August

This mildly flavored apple offering a tart finish has a soft yellow coloring. Ginger Gold offers good quality and lasting freshness for both baking and eating raw.

golden delicious apple
Golden Delicious
Harvest:
September

This juicy, sweet, honey-flavored apple is medium in size and clear yellow in color with occasional reddish highlights. Many apple lovers believe this is what a well-balanced apple should taste like. Its tree is highly productive, bearing on spurs, laterals and tips.

granny smith apple
Granny Smith
Harvest:
October

With its distinctive bright green-yellow coloring, this apple is one of the most instantly recognizable varieties. Granny Smiths are hard and crisp with a very sharp taste and offer great qualities for both fresh eating and baking.

honey crisp apple
Honey Crisp
Harvest:
September

This cross between a Macoun and Honeygold is crisp and juicy. The sugar to acid ratio is well balanced, and the tree itself is bred specifically for winter hardiness. Its perfumed flavor is somewhat similar to McIntosh.

 

idared apple
Idared
Harvest:
October

This large, yellow to bright red fruit is firm, crisp and best suited to baking. A cross between Jonathan and Wagener, its flesh is white and tastes mildly acidic, which mellows in storage.

jonagold apple
Jonagold
Harvest:
September

Part Jonathan and Golden Delicious, this large fruit is striped red over yellow and tastes juicy and sweet. A very good apple for eating raw, it has a well-balanced flavor and fine textured with a bit more acidity than Golden Delicious. Jonagolds are consistently rated as one of the finest culinary apples.

jonathan apple
Jonathan
Harvest:
September

A Kimmel Orchard favorite, this medium-sized apple has a thin, cherry red-blushed skin and a crisp, juicy taste. The yellowish-white flesh has a sprightly flavor that keeps well, dries well and stores well on the tree. The flavor is aromatic and considered one of the best in the crisp American class. The trees are vigorous growers but remain fairly small at maturity.

pink lady apple
Pink Lady
Harvest:
October

This attractive pink to red fruit has a long growing season that extends well into October. Native to Australia, it requires a very long season and matures several weeks after Granny Smith, so it is not suited to areas that experience early fall frosts.

pinova apple
Pinova
Harvest:
September

Pinovas are crisp with intermediate levels of both sweetness and tartness. The tree produces heavy yielder and the apples have an excellent storage life. Yellow in color with an orange-pink flush, it is a good apple for fresh eating.

red delicious apple
Red Delicious
Harvest:
September

Coarse-textured and tough-skinned, this juicy apple is known for its large to medium, tapered shape and pointed bottom. It’s well-adapted to temperate areas and does less well in warm climates, and offers a sweet flesh that bears little acidity.

rome beauty apple
Rome Beauty
Harvest:
October

This large, red-yellow apple is great for cooking and stores well. Rome Beauty is a late to mature yet vigorous grower that produces fruit quickly and bears heavily on the tree’s branches and tips. It’s a favorite of many based on its good flavor, but is far better for pies and sauces than for fresh eating.

shizuka apple
Shizuka
Harvest:
September

Shizuka is a large, yellow apple with a red-orange blush. Sweeter with less acid than Mutsu with excellent flavor, this apple has the same origan as Mutsu (Crispin).

suncrisp apple
Suncrisp
Harvest:
October

A cross between a Golden Delicious and Cox’s Orange Pippin, Suncrisps are medium-large, yellow with an orange blush. The fruit is good for cooking or fresh eating and offers a firm, crisp texture and a subacid flavor.

winesap apple
Winesap
Harvest:
October

A popular favorite at Kimmel, this late-season variety is medium-to-large in size with glossy bright red and yellow highlights. It’s tough-skinned with coarse flesh and a tart, subacid flavor and an aromatic, crisp, juicy flavor. The tree is vigorous, and the fruit stores well.

zestar apple
Zestar
Harvest:
August

The Zestar apple packs a rather tart taste with just a hint of brown sugar. It can produce a delightful fresh apple cider with a bit more zip than other varieties. With an early blooming season and a two-and-a-half-month storage life, Zestar is also great for cooking. This apple has a cold hardiness that makes it perfect for colder climates.

Hosui pear
Hosui
Harvest:
Late August – September

With a snappy, tangy taste, this variety of Asian pear is the perfect summer snack with a slightly higher acid content.

niitaka pear
Niitaka
Harvest:
Late August – September

Niitaka is one of the larger Asian pear varieties. It’s sweet and juicy while offering more texture than others.

olympic pear
Olympic
Harvest:
Late August – September

Olympic is one of the sweetest in our mix with a crisp with a juicy flesh. It’s also one of the best Asian pears for long-term storage.

shinseiki pear
Shinseiki
Harvest:
Late August – September

This pear features a white flesh and sweet flavor, making it ideal for salads and fresh eating.

apache blackberry
Apache
Harvest:
Mid July - Mid August

This variety produces high yields of top quality sweet and delicious fruit. Great for out of the hand snacking.

cherokee blackberry
Cherokee
Harvest:
Mid July - Mid August

The Cherokee variety is an upright blackberry plant which is grown to be very vigorous, producing large, sweet, firm fruits.

navajo blackberry
Navajo
Harvest:
Mid July - Mid August

This early-bearing blackberry ripens two weeks before other varieties. It is also a thornless variety that is easy to pick and a heavy yielder.

balaton cherries
Balaton
Harvest:
Mid June

Superb for homemade pies or freshly processed juice, the fruit from this cherry is much like a Montmorency; however, it’s somewhat larger and firmer and ripens over a more extended period of time.

montmorency cherries
Montmorency
Harvest:
Mid June

Meet the most popular tart cherry in the U.S. Its compact tree bears armloads of ripe, tangy, red cherries to make mouthwatering, succulent pies and cobblers.

flaming fury peach
Flaming Fury Series
Harvest:
July - August

There are 10 different Flaming Fury varieties grown at Kimmel Orchard, all of which offer juicy, sweet flavor. All of our Flaming Fury varieties are freestone and produce large-sized fruits perfect for baking and fresh eating.

klondike peach
Klondike
Harvest:
July - August

The Klondike variety is a white-fleshed peach that provides memorable low-acidic flavor. Its large size and lively coloring makes this variety a favorite for fresh eating.

red haven peach
Red Haven
Harvest:
July - August

Red Havens were the first developed freestone peach. With a juicy, succulent flavor, this variety is a tasty snack and fantastic for canning and baking.

chandler strawberry
Chandler
Harvest:
Late May - Mid June

Bursting with vibrant color and flavor, this berry produces the highest yields at Kimmel Orchard.

honeoye strawberry
Honeoye
Harvest:
Late May - Mid June

This is a winter-hardy berry with gleaming, wonderful color and appearance. Its sweet and delightful taste is one of the first varieties to bear fruit in our field patches.

jewel strawberries
Jewel
Harvest:
Late May - Mid June

The largest of the berries grown at Kimmel Orchard, the Jewel variety is bright red, glossy and full of flavor.

asparagus
Asparagus
Harvest:
Mid April - May

Green, fleshy spears topped with tasty bud-like compact heads, asparagus is harvested in the spring when it is 6–8 inches tall. Its succulent taste and tender texture make this nutrient-packed side a healthy and favorable addition to any summertime meal. Asparagus is loaded with healthy nutrients and is a great accent to any summertime meal.

bunch of chambourcin grapes
Chambourcin
Harvest:
Late August – September

A French-American hybrid grape, this variety is of unknown parentage and can produce wines of a light-to-medium body with the fruity aromas of cherry paired with earthy, spicy complexities.

DeChaunac grapes
DeChaunac
Harvest:
Late August – September

This is a reliable and productive red French-American hybrid grape widely grown in Hudson Valley. Wines produced from De Chaunac can be deeply inky in color despite its surprisingly light-to-medium body.

Edelweiss grapes
Edelweiss
Harvest:
Late August – September

Developed by Elmer Swenson, Edelweiss is a very winter-hardy grape. The clusters are large and rather loose. Early picking is essential for making a wine, and the flavors contain hints of tropical fruit with a clean, crisp and light caramel finish.

bunch of frontenac grapes
Frontenac
Harvest:
Late August – September

This grape variety was the first release of Minnesota’s new line of cold, hardy hybrids. It has become a standard Nebraska wine grape proven to be reliable. Frontenac grapes produce sound varietal wines as well as some outstanding ports.

bunch of lacrosse grapes
Lacrosse
Harvest:
Late August – September

Lacrosse grapes produce aromatic pear and apricot notes that extend slightly Muscat, citrus and floral. These grapes are proven to make a great varietal wine or blend well with others to add a fuller body and smooth finish.

bunch of vignoles grapes
Vignoles
Harvest:
Late August – September

One of the most versatile white grapes in Nebraska, Vignoles is used to produce wines ranging from dry to sweet and is considered a late-harvest dessert wine. Its luscious floral aroma and fruity flavors of citrus, pineapple and apricot parallel that of a German Riesling.