An unusual apple

When people think about apples, it’s likely that an image of a small fruit that can be held in one hand comes to mind.

But for one man, the image of an apple has literally taken on a whole new shape after he made an interesting discovery in an orchard.

While picking Chieftain apples in an orchard owned by the Fort Dodge Area Gardeners, Master Gardener Howard Jensen found what he described as a “Siamese twin apple.”

“It’s got two stems rather than one stem, and it has a double apple,” he said. “Apparently that’s very unusual.”

Because the tree the apple came from was developed by Iowa State University, Jensen said he took the apple to the ISU Extension Office, and they sent it down to the university.

“Their chief grower there said he’d never seen anything like it,” Jensen said.

Neither, apparently, had any other member of the Fort Dodge Area Gardeners.

Jensen now keeps the apple in his refrigerator.

“Apples keep for a very long time, and this particular variety keeps for quite awhile,” he said. “I’ll just hang onto it until someone has an idea of what to do with it.”

He jokingly said he’s always looking at it to see if he can see the face of a celebrity on it.

“I figured that maybe if someone can find the likeness of Elvis Presley on it, I can sell it and make a lot of money,” he said with a laugh. “I haven’t seen the likeness of Elvis there yet, but if someone can sell a potato chip that looks like someone famous, perhaps I can do that with this apple.”

Jensen said it’s interesting that such an unusual apple was found, because this year there was a bumper crop for apples.

“It’s very appropriate for finding the double apple,” he said. “It was such a good apple year this year.”