Sunday, January 20, 2019

Winter Honeycrisp

Honeycrisp fresh off the tree is popular and prized. How does it fare four months later?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Apples posing

Many friends and others have told me of the recent New York Times story about a striking collection of apple photos.

The photos are by William Mullan, who got most, and perhaps all, of his apples from the Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Juci (Juci Delite)


Red-blushed apple with small white spots

This new Honeycrisp x Braeburn cross is emerging from the development stage (grafting and planting trees) to retail (enough fruit-bearing trees to bring apples to market).

Its saturated blush is a deep crimson—darker in person than in my photo.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

In case you missed them, part one


Today's report just shares some recent stories about apples.

I learned about some of these from my readers. So, not exactly news to everyone. But, enjoy.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

To my readers on the new year, 2019

With this, my tenth new year's message, I send my very best wishes for the year to come.

I cannot, however, help but share a troubling statistic with you. This year I only found three apples to add to my opinionated catalog.

Apple Reviews by Year 2008–18

Graph showing number of reviews published in Adam's Apples declining from a high of 41 the first year to 3 in 2018.
Year published refers to the year of the canonical review, which in a few cases is later than an earlier review of the same variety; such earlier reviews are not included.

I find it hard to imagine what this blog would be without new apples to sample and share.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

A rare intimate look

Although others have asked about my refrigerator, it isn't really a back door to Narnia. There's nothing special about it.

A shelf inside a refrigerator, mostly empty

But on Monday, when I went hunting for my last review apple of the year, I found some surprises.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Scarlett O'Hara

Large red apple with some yellow showing through the blush in one spot

Scarlett O’Hara has a reputation as an apple that improves in storage.

I waited two weeks before trying one of these, and then another month and a half before tasting the second.

Quick take: This handsome flavorful apple juxtaposes some unexpected tastes in an appealing way. It has a great crunch, and is a first-rate keeper.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The nose knows

The stem-end of an apple with a fold or "nose" of apple in the stem well
The stem end of this Esopus Spitzenberg has a "nose" in the stem well.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Surprisingly well kept

Stacks of golden-olive Ashmead's Kernal apples on wooden steps in dappled sunshine

I ate my last Ashmead's Kernel today, surprisingly good after several months in my refrigerator.

(That said, my fridge sometimes resembles the wardrobe to Narnia in the way it can cough up apples I did not realize I still had.)

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Winter fruit

At an indoor market, bins of apples.
Winter market came early this year!

You could buy 14 different kinds of apples there today, as follows.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The day of the remains

Bins of apples set on tables outside a truck with a group of people in the background
The last day of Farmers market in Davis Square, Somerville, earlier today.
The day before American Thanksgiving marks the end of the urban farmers markets in these parts.

The suburban markets had their last hurrah on Halloween.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Three apples to know in November

They are Suncrisp, Baldwin, and Topaz.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Gather them in

Inside a vast, barn-like store are baskets and wooden bins that hold 17 kinds of apples.

There were 17 kinds of apples today at Volante Farms in Needham, Mass.

It's a good place to get apples in what I think of as pirate season, when orchard-fresh apples grow scarce but can still be found.