[gardeners] RE: Antique apples

Kari Whittenberger-Keith (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Fri, 29 Jun 2001 08:01:19 -0700

>Isn't it a pity how fast the wonderful apples of old are disppearing? It
>seems that most of the apples we get, at least here in So Cal, are
>latter day varieties, many of which come from New Zealand and elsewhere
>outside the U.S.

I feel very fortunate to live in an area where there are multiple orchards
specializing in antique apples.  Our favorite grows over 100
varieties--apples begin coming into season in July and some varieties are
available at the orchard as late as December.  It's fascinating to go
weekly and see what apples are coming into season.  They have tastings to
try, sorting them on a tart to sweet continuum, as well as advice on which
are good for what.  And after they finish selling at the orchard, you can
still buy their apples in the local groceries.

Of course, I am now very spoiled; I only eat apples when local grower
varieties are available.


Kari Whittenberger-Keith
Managing Editor, Old House Chronicle