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canada goose That’s kind of what it looks like every autumn weekend when my better half, Dan, comes home from the farmers market with a half bushel of apples balanced on his shoulder. canada goose

Dan is really into apples. On one memorable “date” a few years ago, we attended a rare apple tasting in Santa Cruz run by the Monterey chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers. “Really?” I asked. “A rare apple tasting? Is that even a thing?” Indeed it is.

When I was a kid, I knew about two kinds of apples: red and green and I wasn’t all that canada goose outlet paypal excited to find either of them in my lunchbox. Who wanted a piece of fruit when the other kids had those little containers of crackers official canada goose outlet and “cheese product” with a red plastic stick for easy spreading? (You know the ones.)

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It was eye opening. It’s a who’s who of apples 123 “portraits,” organized into categories like “Dessert Apples,” “Cider Fruit” and “Oddballs.”

Canada Goose Outlet Jacobsen makes the case that the apple renaissance we’re enjoying now is canada goose jacket outlet uk actually The Second Age of the Apple. He says canada goose outlet boston the first started back in the early 1700s, when seeds brought over from Europe by colonists multiplied like crazy in America. Unlike canada goose outlet miami other fruits, apples “don’t need us at all,” Jacobsen writes. “They will run rampant through any temperate environment, metamorphosing endlessly.” Canada Goose Outlet

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Canada Goose sale The First Age of the Apple included Thomas Jefferson, who focused on four varieties of apples at his canada goose outlet montreal Monticello plantation Esopus Spitzenburg, Newtown Pippin, Hewes Crab and Taliaferro. “They have no apples here to compare with our Newtown Pippin,” Jefferson wrote disparagingly, from Paris, of European fruit. Canada Goose sale

canada goose black friday sale The apple’s biggest break came when Americans began to move west, Jacobsen explains. John Chapman (whom you might know better as Johnny Appleseed) helped establish nurseries in canada goose outlet toronto location Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois. It was a time of tremendous canada goose outlet toronto factory growth and experimentation; according to Jacobsen, there were some 7,500 American apple varieties. canada goose black friday sale

Canada Goose Parka But it wouldn’t last. The 20th century brought with it industrial size orchards feeding national distributors who did not care to work with smaller farms or their “inconsistent” apples. Only a handful of apples of the thousands once available in the 19th century ever made it to the modern supermarket, Jacobsen says. The omnipresent Red Delicious apple was bred more for color than for canada goose outlet uk sale taste: “American consumers brought this disaster upon canada goose outlet themselves by consistently choosing the redder apple over the tastier one,” canada goose outlet store near me he laments. Those are the ones I knew, until Santa Cruz. Canada Goose Parka

That apple tasting was just a part of a larger movement focused on celebrating and saving these rare varieties before they die out.

buy canada goose jacket John Bunker, founder of Fedco Trees, played a critical role in this second movement, Jacobsen says. He posts “Wanted” posters in towns in search of hard to find apples. Bunker has saved some 80 apple varieties that otherwise might have been lost. buy canada goose jacket

Canada Goose online It feels a little bit like Facebook for fruit profile photos taken from the most flattering angle, and a rundown canada goose outlet reviews of basic biographical data origin, appearance, flavor, texture, season, use and region. Canada Goose online

canada goose store The book also includes 123 apple biographies, with each fruit described and documented in loving detail. It feels a little bit like Facebook for fruit profile photos taken from the most flattering angle, and a canada goose outlet in usa rundown of basic biographical data origin, appearance, flavor, texture, season, use and region. (Of course, there’s some good gossip, too like how Golden Delicious “sired” Jonagold, Mutsu, Gala, Pink Lady and many more). canada goose store

canada goose coats You’ll also find some fun facts in the canada goose outlet parka short essays that canada goose outlet shop accompany each variety. The apple that helped 22 year old Isaac Newton come up with his theory of gravity in 1666? It was a Flower of Kent. canada goose coats

canada goose deals There are some more useful tips as well Jacobsen advises readers on which apple to put in a strudel (Glockenapfel) and which apple to eat with a slice of cheddar cheese (Westfield Seek No Further). canada goose deals

And in a 300 page book devoted entirely to one fruit, there are some fairly creative descriptions, such as, “Like the Incredible Hulk, Mutsu is huge, green, and strangely lovable.” And, canada goose outlet washington dc “Granite Beauty is like the Charles Bukowski of the apple world. It gives the feeling of dissolute existence brought on by life too deeply felt.”

canadian goose jacket When you reach the end of the profiles, you’ll find 20 applecentric recipes, a glossary of apple terms, and resources for “apple geeks” like mail order trees, mail order fruit, cider makers and annual apple festivals canadian goose jacket.

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