Friday, March 16, 2018

The Rip Van Winkle apple

GoldRush apples, from 2017 and 2016.

Long have I marveled at the wonderful keeping qualities of GoldRush, a modern variety developed by the PRI Co-op.

Packed well, GoldRush keeps in my ordinary refrigerator, peaking in April and still quite tasty in June.

So today, six months out, let's sample the fall 2017 harvest.

And while we are at it, the 2016 harvest too.

Friday, March 9, 2018

The orchard on Argilla Road

Van Gough, In The Orchard (Lithograph)
Vincent van Gogh

Eugene Crockett died suddenly in early 1932, leaving a family, a thousand fruit trees, and a pile of debt in the pit of the Depression.

Only his daughter, Kitty, wanted to keep the orchard or thought it would be possible to do so.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Honeycrisp vs. Evercrisp smackdown

Honeycrisp and Evercrisp apples
You know Honeycrisp (right?) even if you don't follow this blog. If you read my regular reports, perhaps you recall last fall's Evercrisp.

As its name suggests, Evercrisp, at right, takes aim at Honeycrisp and seeks to fill its shoes. Not by being boldly different, but by being the same only better.

So, this is personal. Let's see how things shake down.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Time to prune the trees

apple tree pruning Clarkdale

A small part of the orchard last Saturday at Clarkdale Fruit Farms.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

February thaw threatens fruit harvest

47 degrees (Fahrenheit) tomorrow. 63 on Tuesday; 69 on Wednesday, and 44 on Thursday.

Photo: MChance666 (CC BY-SA 4.0), via Wikimedia Commons

That's the current extended forecast for apple country in Massachusetts from the National Weather Service. After tonight, there are no evening lows in the forecast below 40° F.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018

The 2018 stars

Imbolc, that old holiday when winter secretly pivots towards the spring, is the time I revisit those apples that I have tasted in the previous year and rate them according to my star system.

A collage of apples

Monday, January 15, 2018

Roger Yepsen's Apples

Open almost any page in Roger Yepsen's Apples to find a charming tableau.

On the right-hand page is a watercolor painting of an apple, rendered by the author with reverent realism.

Facing on the left is a verbal sketch of the apple. These are not long. Several comprise only three sentences.

The images float on the white page. The text, though brief, tells the essential things you'd want to know about each variety, including origin, character, and time of peak ripeness.

When you are done with one apple, turn the page for another. There are more than a hundred of these.

Monday, January 1, 2018

New year's wishes

A very happy 2018 to you!

I am pleased, and a little surprised, to look back on this blog in 2017 and see a healthy number of posts, including 22 apple reviews.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Careless surprise

I neglected to store my Suncrisps properly, and they wrinkled up.

Inside however the meat of the apple was still sound, and filed with intense flavors of caramel and brown sugar.

Monday, December 25, 2017

The Last of the Cortlands

Ice-coated apple on a tree
A reader provided this photo of an ice-encrusted Cortland apple in Harvard, Massachusetts, yesterday.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

SugarBee *

I thought my previous review would be the last for 2017, but happily a reader from Washington State decided to send SugarBee my way. Thank you, John!

The moment I unpacked these, something said "Honeycrisp" to me. It isn't size: these are large but not nearly as big as the H bomb. Nor is it shape.

I think its the orange tinged blush, which also has shimmery quality, at least in artificial light. That is Hcrisp-esque.

Either that, or I am just sensitive lately about Honeycrisp's outsized influence on the apple world, and was unconsciously triggered by the S word in SB's name.

In any case, my gut reaction proved true, see below.