Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Freezing rain spawns icy 'ghost apples' in MI

Freezing rain spawns icy 'ghost apples' in MI

The wacky winter weather over the last few days has left behind an interesting phenomenon in a MI town, where "ghost apples" are appearing on trees.

Andrew Sietsema was out pruning some trees in western MI on Wednesday when he spotted the so-called "ghost apples".

The freezing rain coated rotting apples, creating a solid, icy shell around them.

The apples are a variety called Jonagolds, one of Sietsema's favorites, he told CNN, adding, "but we'll call these 'Jonaghosts'".

According to WZZM, Sietsema said that ghost apples are sometimes left behind when freezing rain covers apples, which then freeze and turn to mush.


"And when I pruned a tree it would be shaken in the process, and the mush would slip out of the bottom of the 'ghost apple'".

As of Friday afternoon, Sietsema's photos of the ghost apples had been shared roughly 10,000 times.

The end result is a cool, ghostly shell that's just slightly less fragile but a lot more lovely than a rotten, mushy apple.

"I'm sure you could find them at any orchard on the Ridge near Sparta, Michigan, or at least any that still had a few unpicked apples hanging on the trees".

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