“Jonagolds are one of my favorite apple varieties, but we’ll call these ‘Jonaghosts,'” he joked. (Andrew Sietsema)
“I guess it was just cold enough that the ice covering the apple hadn’t melted yet, but it was warm enough that the apple inside turned to complete mush (apples have a lower freezing point than water),” he said. “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.'”
While most of the apples fell off of the trees — ice and all — “quite a few would leave a cool ‘ghost apple’ behind,” he continued, joking the creations could also be called “Jona-ghosts.”
As of Friday afternoon, Sietsema’s photos of the ghost apples had been shared roughly 10,000 times.