Thursday, July 11, 2019

More apples to come


A reader writes:

On our island in Lake Mälaren, one hour west of Stockholm, Mantet has matured the most. "An attractive red-flushed early-season apple variety from Manitoba in Canada. The name is a combination of 'man' for Manitoba, and 'tet' from Tetofsky, one of the parent varieties."

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Early fruit

Unripe apples on the branch
These apples were hanging out earlier today at Hutchins Farm in Concord, Massachusetts.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Apple drought

Things are not pretty here at the end of June.

Supermarkets are flush with Honeycrisps picked in August of 2018.

Of course the cupboard has been bare at almost every orchard for most of 2019.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

June apple notes from all over

It's still about a month before the first local apples are ready to eat here.


But in Australia (above), there are still plenty of keepers in good shape from the spring harvest.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The evolution of the apple

Apples are from Kazakhstan. But how did they get from there to circle the globe?


How did they evolve from the wild, and in response to what evolutionary imperatives?

One part of the story: the Silk Road. Another: horses.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Subacid


a ribbed red appleA round red apple

The best apples are a blend of sweet and tart.

These apples are in or near the sweet spot where the tension between sugar and tartness is perfectly balanced and the flavors sing.

The old pomologists used the term "subacid" to describe an apple that had some acidity in the mix, but which stopped just short of being predominantly acid.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

From flower to fruit

Pink and white apple blossomsYellow and pink apple with prominent ribs
BeforeAfter

What do you want to be when you grown up?

These apples are grafted, so there is really no doubt about that here.

Behold the Calville Blanc D'Hiver.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Williams, before and after


Pink and white apple blossomsTapered apple, red blush tinged with orange

Two Williams data points, one from Harvard on Sunday, another from my Williams review circa 2015.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Hightop Sweeting

Apple blossoms in the sun
There's an apple in there someplace.
I have never had the pleasure of tasting a Hightop Sweeting, so no "after" photo this time.

But isn't this one gorgeous? (And isn't that a topping name?)

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Before and after

Pink apple blossoms

Above, two moments in the life of Duchess of Oldenburg, an antique Russian variety with cooking and keeping qualities.

It's a late-summer apple.

A friend took this and other blossom photos in Harvard, Massachusetts, yesterday.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Massachusetts dreamin'


Pink apple buds unfurl

Is it too soon to hope
On this chilly wet day in early May
For the sun, and a bountiful harvest

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Conrad Siever

A single red apple hangs in a tangle of branches against the sky
Not in that wasted garden

Where bodies are drawn into grass

That feeds no flocks, and into evergreens

That bear no fruit —

There where along the shaded walks

Vain sighs are heard,

And vainer dreams are dreamed

Of close communion with departed souls —

But here

Wednesday, April 3, 2019