The story behind odd phenomenon of ‘ghost apples’

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Andrew Sietsema shot photos of the hollow ice apples in the Fruit Ridge area of Kent County, posted them on Facebook, and explained to WOOD TV and CNN just how they were created.

A freezing rain coated the rotting apples, creating a solid icy shell around them. As he pruned the trees, the trees shook, causing some applies to fall off. But those that remained on the tree had the mush slip out the bottom, leaving a ghost apple.

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‘Ghost apples’ appear at Michigan orchard following icy weather

(FOX NEWS) — Freezing rain this week caused an icy spectacle to form at an orchid near Sparta, Michigan: so-called ‘ghost apples.’

Local resident Andrew Sietsema first spotted the odd phenomenon while pruning apple trees in the Fruit Ridge area of Kent County. He later took to Facebook with photos of the glass-looking orbs, dubbing the icy creation ‘ghost apples.’

Freezing rain coated the rotting apples, which were a variety known as Jonagold. Later, when Sietsema began to prune the trees, ‘mush’ fell out the bottom of the icy shells, leaving only the encasements behind, he told Fox News on Friday.

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  • Publisher: the Guardian
  • Date: 2019-02-04T03:34:12.000Z
  • Author: Benjamin Lee
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