Icy conditions create 'ghost apples' on Michigan farm

Icy conditions make 'ghost apples' on Michigan farm (Photos courtesy of Andrew Sistema)

KENT COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The icy conditions have caused many interesting sights, but none quite as peculiar as the "ghost apples."

Andrew Sistema was pruning apple trees on his farm in Kent County when he found a solid casing of ice around some of the apples.

Sistema told our sister station WOOD TV that when he was pruning many of the apples fell off, ice and all.

But some of the more rotten apples slipped right out the bottom of the icy shell, leaving behind what's being called a "ghost apple."

Sietsema said recent conditions made the perfect recipe for this phenomenon: it was cold enough for the ice to remain, but warm enough for the apples to turn to complete mush, since apples have a lower freezing point than water.

Sietsema told WOOD said Jonagolds are one of his favorite apple varieties, "but we'll call these Jonaghosts."

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