Sunday, September 18, 2016

What I'm eating this summer

Sometimes it seems as though I'll go a whole season without having a single Gingergold or Zestar, but this summer I've been enjoying both.

Gingergold starts its run in August a little greenish and tart, but still nice. It mellows out as it peaks towards the start of September.

Zestar's flavors, banana and all, work together very well.

Sunday, August 28, 2016


The summer harvest parade is well under way by mid August, with quality local varieties such as Williams Pride, Gingergold, and Gravenstein available fresh at farmers market.

So there was some irony in finding Diva in supermarkets last week, off the boat (and out of storage) from the spring harvest in New Zealand.

Diva apple

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Lodi versus Pristine and the ghost of Yellow Transparent

Lodi (L) vs Pristine

Today we weigh two modern varieties in the shadow, or perhaps the light, of a third apple that isn't here: a hundred-sixty-plus-year-old Russian variety called Yellow Transparent.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Welcoming another season

An early Vista Bella promises the harvest to come.
Earlier this year I found I had nothing to say here. For four months.

But the hope of another harvest, and encounters with four new varieties in June and July, have got me going again.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Devine (Delfloki)

Some unusual flavors commend the apple called Devine (though its variety name is the incomprehensible Delfloki).

They are on the small end of large, tapered and conical. Ribbing is subtle and the calyx is recessed so that the apple teeters on a ring around the base.

"Teeters" because many of these are oddly lopsided. The calyx is wide open, stamens akimbo.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Cripps Red (Sundowner, Joya)

Mr. Cripps Red, not to be confused with his famous pink sister, is a large well shaped apple with very slight ribbing.

He's a sweet guy, with some interesting flavors.

Cripps Red apple

Red's pretty crimson blush, slightly streaky over yellow green, is accented by striking large light lenticels, widely spaced. The peel is very glossy and almost certainly waxed.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Guest market: Marché Saint-Antoine

French markets are like ours. Only different.

At the Marché Saint-Antoine, on the Presque Isle bank of the Saône River in Lyon, the farmers and food artisans set up their stalls six mornings a week.

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Ariane apple

Large but not huge, this apple's cheerful orange red blush mostly covers green yellow.

Ariane, another apple from France's National Institute for Agricultural Research, has only slight ribbing and a glossy peel that may be waxed.

Despite having  been in storage for most of a year, Ariane feels very firm in hand. She has small but distinct tan lenticels, some dark with russet.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The pomacious fruit notches another win

Hummus is healthier than you probably think. And don't ask about the granola bars.