Monday, May 30, 2022

Ever blooming

The apple blossoms on this branch will never fade or fall, because they are made of glass. ¶ (Photo:

Branch bearing apple blossoms
Made of glass.) ¶ 

Friday, May 20, 2022

Ding a ding, ding

A wasp is pollinating an apple blossom
A wasp helps to bring an apple into the world at Nagog Farm in Littleton, Massachusetts, earlier today.

Pollinator, lad and lass,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
That o’er the orchard green did pass,
In springtime, the only pretty ring time,
When bees do sing, hey ding a ding, ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

So fade the blooms of spring

A single white apple blossom on a branch against the sky. Some of the leaves have gray dirt on them.
Only a few apple blossoms remain on the trees at Hutchins Farm in Concord, Massachusetts, yesterday. ¶ 

This photo bookends last week's image of an early blossom. ¶ 

The 90-degree weather in the forecast here will surely wring out any that remain. ¶ 

Friday, May 6, 2022

And they're off!

A single apple-blossom opens amidst a cluster of pink buds
The starting gun sounds for the 2022 apple season at Hutchins Farm in Concord, Massachusetts, yesterday.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Drink your fruit: Yarlington Mill cider

Can labeled "arlington Mill" next to a wine glass half full of cider

This review is missing an apple. ¶ 

My other tastings of ciders in the Rare Apple Series from cider maker Stormalong feature photos of beverage and nameplate fruit. ¶ 

Alas, I lack a Yarlington Mill apple to include in the family group. Indeed, I have never tasted that variety. ¶ 

The cider pours a lovely orange-tinted gold that is pleasantly effervescent. There are fruit and tannins in the nose and mouth. ¶ 

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Bittersweet view

i'm moving

A wooden porch railing, with greenery in the background

Many, and probably most, of the photos I've published here over the years have shown apples from this vantage point. ¶ 

It's the back railing of my porch, with my backyard in the background. ¶ 

Take a last look, because I no longer live here.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Apples have evolved to be sweet and big

Silhoettes of ape, caveman, and modern human against the backdrop of a red apple 

Researchers tracking the evolution of apples over the years have discovered that modern-day varieties are 3.6 times heavier, about half as acidic, and far less bitter than the wild ancestral species (much like crab apples) from which modern apples are derived.

I was going to put on my science reporter hat and describe this research, from scientists at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.

Friday, March 18, 2022

More quick bites

An apple with a single bite taken from it

Do you miss the harvest? Have some reading. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Drink your fruit: Winesap Cider

A wineglass of clear golden liquid, a cider can, and a red apple

Stormalong, the Massachusetts cider maker, names each in its Rare Apple Series after one of the apples used to make the drink.

My idea to photograph the named apple with the cider is more playful than anything else, especially since most of these are blends of perhaps a half dozen different varieties.

Today's beverage, however, is a single varietal, one hundred percent Stayman Winesap. And that is a Stayman posing with the family group. 

Let's quaff.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

The lab and the orchard

Segments of DNA

Genetic analyses get cheaper and more powerful every year, busting myths and providing information about the lineage of apple cultivars.

Honeycrisp, to cite a notorious example, is not a Macoun x Honeygold cross, as breeding records from the 1960s suggested.

It is rather Keepsake x MN1627 (the latter an uncommercialized variety that has not survived).

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

A taste of things to sun

A score of bare brown apple trees in the sun
Apple trees bask in unseasonably warm February sun at Hutchins Farm in Concord, Massachusetts, earlier today.