Tuesday, September 27, 2022


Apple with a partial streaky red blush

The originator of this apple, Joel LaValley of Amnicon Apples, suspects it is a seedling of Red Delicious ("but much better").

It has a good bit of the Red D conical taper, and some ribbing. The streaky red color, where it covers the green-yellow, is purer than Delicious's purple-tinged hue, and there are many light tan lenticel dots prominent in the blush.

My samples are small and medium-sized. Now let's see about that "much better" part.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Feast of Crabs

18 crabapples swarm around a lone regular-sized red apple
Crabapples gather around a lone McIntosh.

It's been crabby here! 

Above, left to right: AAX 11, Hewe's Crab (review forthcoming), and the delightful Chestnut Crabapple disport themselves around a single McIntosh (for scale).

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

AAX 11

Two small red apples with long slender stems

This is an "experimental" crabapple (thus the "X") under development by Amnicon Apples ("AA").

Each experiment is about an inch tall with streaky red blush over a pale yellow. The riot of streak and color wash masks any lenticel dots.

This crabapple has a satin rather than glossy finish, and noticeable ribbing.

Saturday, September 17, 2022


Small apple with warm red blush over yellow

I listen to names. "Kinderkrisp," for example, suggests a "kid-sized" entry into Honeycrisp space.

These attractive apples are appropriately small, maybe an inch and a half tall (and about an inch wider than that). The one shown is the tallest at 1-3/4 inches, and the least oblate.

Friday, September 16, 2022

It isn't fall until

Red apples in a wooden bin, with a sign that reads "McIntosh"
King McIntosh makes his debut at the Arlington, Massachusetts, farmers market last Wednesday.

...the Macs arrive.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Trailman vs Centennial Crabapple Smackdown

Two crabapples, yellow with peach blushes, one larger than the other

Fate, in the form of a care package from Indiana, brought these two tiny August apples to me at the same time last month.

And, they are kind of similar.

Friday, September 2, 2022


A yellow green apple with a faint yellow blush

Perhaps by design, the name of this apple evokes the iconic Golden Delicious, which matures much later.

Earligold falls between medium and large, a very light spring green. As the photo shows, there is not so much a blush as a lightening of the green to yellow, but it includes some faint peach accents. Lenticels show as darker green dots.

There is quite a bit of give in the squeeze.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Art class

In bronze, small figures stand atop a large apple

The apple-shaped earth and we upon it, surely the drift of them is something grand,

I do not know what it is except that it is grand, and that it is happiness . . . .
—Walt Whitman

Sculptor (and orchardist) Linda Hoffman cites these words as inspiration for her Bronze work, "This Apple-Shaped Earth."

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Centennial Crabapple

Two red apples with long thin stems

You probably know that crabapples are, basically, little apples. They can be sour, biter, sweet, good, or bad, just like other apples.

Just had to get that out of the way.

Today's are on the large side for crabs, standing about 2 inches tall. Although standing is a little problematic because, for some, the remains of the calyx, clenched tight, project beyond the tiny area defined by the "chins" or crown at the base.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Coming attractions

Apples hang from trees viewed through a wire fence
The apples hang heavy on the trees in Harvard, Massachusetts, yesterday.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

First Fruits

Four yellow-green apples with faint peach blushes

The English church incorporated the Offering of the First Fruits into its observances of Lammas, a seasonal holiday that predates Christianity.

Early apples join stone fruit and pears (and berries!) on the Lammastide menu: