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(BBC)   Hey, it's not all bad news, folks; there's a new apple just come out. No, not a smartphone   (bbc.co.uk) divider line
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2020-11-28 3:47:41 PM  
Potato!
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2020-11-28 4:24:35 PM  
Apples are weird to us in that they don't breed true in the seed. Every time a bee pollinates an apple flower it's like the genes just get randomly shaken into a new configuration that 99.99% of the time is useless for anything but making cider. But that 0.01% of the time you get something great if someone is paying attention. This guy was.

Michael Pollan has a great section in his book Botany of Desire about this. Citrus fruits are very similar and John McPhee wrote a wonderful book called Oranges that covers the weirdness of citrus.
 
2020-11-28 4:32:28 PM  
Apparently Robin Williams was haunted by Matt Damon's question and had to find apples he liked.
 
2020-11-28 5:03:47 PM  
UK has 2k+ old apple cultivars.
The accidental hybrids turn up once in while in/around orchards, old & new.
They often have very good disease-resistance and climate tolerances locally.
 
2020-11-28 5:05:47 PM  
You want to know about apple varieties? Check out Orange Pippin. Even what is listed on that site doesn't cover every variety of apple out there.
 
2020-11-28 5:14:56 PM  
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Pictured: Hobo Bradley Whitford with mystery item he may have buggered.
 
2020-11-28 5:18:12 PM  

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Pictured: Hobo Bradley Whitford with mystery item he may have buggered.


Hmm, I'm starting to doubt this whole story. I think that photo is from a Fairport Convention album cover.
 
2020-11-28 5:43:22 PM  
https://montezumaorchard.org/product/​c​olorado-orange-apple/

an orchard is working to develop this apple!
 
2020-11-28 6:54:22 PM  
I'll stick to my honeycrispsesses
 
2020-11-28 7:09:01 PM  
When I read the headline, my first thought was that news of Cosmic Crisp had finally made it to the UK.
 
2020-11-28 7:37:49 PM  
Between the article and your posts I have learned some new things tonight. Thankyou. But it is kind of like my reasonable armchair understanding of quantum physics; what do you do with it? Jeopardy?
 
2020-11-28 10:24:47 PM  
The Home Orchard Society in Oregon is in the process of "moving" 1300 varieties to a new location.  Apparently the owner of the plantation had the hobby of collecting as many varieties as he could and traveled all over the world collecting them.  His heirs just want to cash out.  So, the HOS is grafting scions to new root stock on their teaching farm.

I suspect they would be interesting in obtaining a few cuttings for their project.
 
2020-11-28 10:31:12 PM  

elvisaintdead: I'll stick to my honeycrispsesses


They let too many orchards grow Honeycrisp, so there's no QC on what goes to market.
70% of what I see now should go straight to cider.
Sugar Bees are sweeter and true "club" apples, so their quality is always exceptional.
 
2020-11-29 8:14:37 AM  
How good is it for making  hard cider or pies?
 
2020-11-29 10:37:21 AM  
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2020-11-29 11:37:48 AM  

lurkey: elvisaintdead: I'll stick to my honeycrispsesses

They let too many orchards grow Honeycrisp, so there's no QC on what goes to market.
70% of what I see now should go straight to cider.
Sugar Bees are sweeter and true "club" apples, so their quality is always exceptional.


The Honeycrisp you get now are a far cry from what was on the market only 10 years ago. My old boss called them 'the Cadillac of apples!' I'll have to look for that variety you mentioned.
 
2020-11-29 12:40:13 PM  

PapaCatTimCat: lurkey: elvisaintdead: I'll stick to my honeycrispsesses

They let too many orchards grow Honeycrisp, so there's no QC on what goes to market.
70% of what I see now should go straight to cider.
Sugar Bees are sweeter and true "club" apples, so their quality is always exceptional.

The Honeycrisp you get now are a far cry from what was on the market only 10 years ago. My old boss called them 'the Cadillac of apples!' I'll have to look for that variety you mentioned.


Look up "club apples", there's some really good ones: Ruby Frost, Koru, Kiku, Jazz, Kanzi, Envy,
I haven't tried SweeTango or Cosmic Crisp yet, but they sound promising.
 
2020-11-29 1:04:57 PM  

lurkey: PapaCatTimCat: lurkey: elvisaintdead: I'll stick to my honeycrispsesses

They let too many orchards grow Honeycrisp, so there's no QC on what goes to market.
70% of what I see now should go straight to cider.
Sugar Bees are sweeter and true "club" apples, so their quality is always exceptional.

The Honeycrisp you get now are a far cry from what was on the market only 10 years ago. My old boss called them 'the Cadillac of apples!' I'll have to look for that variety you mentioned.

Look up "club apples", there's some really good ones: Ruby Frost, Koru, Kiku, Jazz, Kanzi, Envy,
I haven't tried SweeTango or Cosmic Crisp yet, but they sound promising.


Jazz and Envy are quite nice, but I'm hoping the red fleshed apples are released here in the US soon.
 
2020-11-29 4:26:22 PM  

NINEv2: lurkey: PapaCatTimCat: lurkey: elvisaintdead: I'll stick to my honeycrispsesses

They let too many orchards grow Honeycrisp, so there's no QC on what goes to market.
70% of what I see now should go straight to cider.
Sugar Bees are sweeter and true "club" apples, so their quality is always exceptional.

The Honeycrisp you get now are a far cry from what was on the market only 10 years ago. My old boss called them 'the Cadillac of apples!' I'll have to look for that variety you mentioned.

Look up "club apples", there's some really good ones: Ruby Frost, Koru, Kiku, Jazz, Kanzi, Envy,
I haven't tried SweeTango or Cosmic Crisp yet, but they sound promising.

Jazz and Envy are quite nice, but I'm hoping the red fleshed apples are released here in the US soon.


Some good friends live on an old homestead here and had reworked some of the old apple trees on their property.  One of the trees had apples  with pink/red flesh that were amazing.  Unfortunately, many of their trees were in a "utility easement", and the utility clearcut a swath right through their property.
 
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