Adam's Apples' first apple harvest began 7 Julys ago.
It was easy. I could count on finding a "new" variety to review every week, usually several.
The reviews are still the heart of this blog, though new varieties are harder to come by.
Now, on the cusp of my eighth apple crop, I have no big changes in the works, nothing really new up my sleeve for this blog.
But I do have some second thoughts about the way I wrote those reviews. And I am planning to make some changes.
The 200-plus apple write-ups to date have a predictable chronological structure that parallels, more or less, my own exploration of each fruit.
Each review starts by describing the exterior (complete with photo). Then comes the bite and the texture, taste, and other qualities of the apple's flesh.
Only when I've cataloged all the flavors I can find and recorded my personal impressions of the apple do I try to learn about its origins and history.
In this way each review not only describes an apple, it shares my subjective discovery of it step by step.
This process is of special interest to me, and sometimes (I hope) to others, but I think it can be dull.
It's also a virtue that you can use my reviews to compare apples point by point, color-size-shape-aroma-texture-flesh-flavors.
On the other hand, lock-step repetition can be numbing.
So this year I will be playing with the format and breaking the parallelism that has characterized my catalog of apples.
At least for those varieties that I am able to review for the first time. Let's hope I can find some!
Obligatory anniversary link: If you are feeling nostalgic, walk with me though the first days of Adam's Apples, in chronological order, oldest writing first.