'Ghost Apples' Have Begun Appearing In The US

Icy temperatures across the U.S have caused some interesting sights, but none quite as fascinating as the 'ghost apple'.

Michigan Horticulturalist Andrew Sietsema discovered the phenomenon while pruning apple trees on his farm in Kent County.

While most apples fell from the tree, a select few hung on tight through the freezing rain, creating a solid casing of ice around the fruit.

IMAGE: Facebook via Andrew Sietsema

The unique conditions created the perfect recipe for this rarely seen phenomenon.

"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," Sietsema told CNN.

When he pruned the tree, the branches shook, causing the mush of the dead apple to slip out the bottom leaving a crystal clear, apple shaped casing.

IMAGE: Facebook via Andrew Sietsema

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The apples are a variety called Jonagolds, Sietsema has now fittingly re-named them 'Jonaghosts'.