Sunday, March 25, 2012

Apples on the Web: What's this apple?

Got a mystery fruit?

Seattle's Fruit Tree Society has classified 106 apple varieties across 22 different characteristics, from calyx-tube size to harvest date. Plus photos!

If you've got one of these apples but don't know which, this handy web page will help you make a positive ID.

It's pretty clever and worth a look, even if you do not know your abaxile core (65 varieties) from your axile (39).


  1. Cool site. I just checked their flavor descriptions and 26 apples are "sprightly subacid". I feel so inadequate in my flavor descriptions. I've never thought that or written that let alone know what that means. Doesn't mean it won't be in an upcoming review though :)

    1. I love that word, "sprightly."

      As for subacid, it's been leached of meaning by marketers, but once upon a time it referred to the baby-bear sweet spot: not too tart, not too sweet.

      On those terms, a sprightly subacid apple is about as good as it gets!


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