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Freezing rain creates 'ghost apples' phenomenon in MI

Freezing rain creates 'ghost apples' phenomenon in MI

But recent freezing rain in MI led to the production of a rare psuedo-crop: the ghost apple.

The recent fluctuation in temperatures has led to some attractive scenery around West Michigan in between the ice and snow.

Andrew Sietsema told WOOD-TV he was pruning apple trees Wednesday in the Fruit Ridge area of Kent County in MI when he came across the interesting formations.

Sietsema said when he pruned the trees, numerous frozen apples fell off the trees, ice and all. But those that remained on the tree had the mush slip out the bottom, leaving a ghost apple.

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Sietsema said the freezing rain coated rotting apples, creating a solid icy shell around them.

The orchard is located in the Fruit Ridge area of Kent County, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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

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".