Apples on the tree, where they belong, at Hutchins Farm yesterday.
If that sounds odd, consider how often I've been disappointed by apples that are picked too soon.
|Last week's Lodi vs. Yellow Transparent.|
Two weeks ago. Can you tell which unripe apple is which? (Lodi is at right.)
I did not mention in that report that I had tried the same head-to-head the week before.
However, the apples I had then were so unripe that comparison was impossible.
And the apples were awful.
I admit that when July rolls around, I'll buy anything for that first taste of the harvest.
And if someone is going to pick hard-to-find Cox's Orange Pippin or Ashmead's Kernel before their time—well, I'll probably have to buy some of those.
But with regret, not happiness.
I'm not going to name names here. I know that everyone makes mistakes. But nimble charms! Some of you are early an awful lot. (Not, by the way, Hutchins; all their apples are still on their trees.)
You grow great fruit. Please, let it ripen!