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(NBC Montana)   Thanks to this farmer, antique fruit can be enjoyed. Doesn't fruit have an expiration date?   (nbcmontana.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, rare antique fruit tree varieties, Apple, Fruit, Cultivar, Fruit tree  
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2022-05-19 12:16:56 AM  
It's cool you can do that and all, but do we really need more types of apples?  There is already a varietal bred for every specific purpose.
 
2022-05-19 1:01:29 AM  

aleister_greynight: It's cool you can do that and all, but do we really need more types of apples?  There is already a varietal bred for every specific purpose.


Because they're delicious.

Seriously. Sooo much better than the crap in the store.

And the nice part? They graft easy

This guy in Oregon kept varieties which were virtually unknown. Thousands of varieties.
 
2022-05-19 1:02:35 AM  
 
2022-05-19 6:47:02 AM  

puffy999: A better article on what he was doing


Thank you. I gave up about halfway into TFA because of the lonely quotes" and third-grade reading level, but the actual subject matter was really interesting! Not that grafting my own heirloom apple trees is a project I need anywhere near my to-do list right now, but knowing I could is still kind of exciting.
 
2022-05-19 7:05:15 AM  

aleister_greynight: It's cool you can do that and all, but do we really need more types of apples?  There is already a varietal bred for every specific purpose.


Besides what Puffy says, there's also the history of these varietals. So many of the fruits and vegetables we eat today have been bred light years away from where they were a couple hundred years ago. It's neat to be able to try the types French bakers would have used for tarts in the 1700s.

I mean, I love new varietals (Cosmic Crisp for the win) and find their breeding fascinating, but it's also cool to know that we can reach back through time (so to speak) and try varietals from before the era when sugar content, mass production, and transportability were the main concerns of producers.
 
2022-05-19 7:07:04 AM  
It's got a pretty long shelf life.
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2022-05-19 7:59:04 AM  
Stardew Valley bleeding into real life again
 
2022-05-19 8:13:46 AM  
Fun fact: the only apples in the world that have not been modified in the last 200 years of selective breeding or gmo is the crab apple. Which is why people who argue against gmo or selective breeding are massive idiots
 
2022-05-19 8:58:29 AM  
I was a member of the Home Orchard Society for years, until they folded* during the pandemic. They had an orchard with over a thousand apple varieties and most of them have one or more significant problems, with lack of disease resistance and very short shelf lives being the most common. Also, since until recently most apples were either used for baking or making hard cider, they tend to be tart to really tart.

*A new group was formed to manage the orchard.
 
2022-05-19 8:58:36 AM  

aleister_greynight: It's cool you can do that and all, but do we really need more types of apples?  There is already a varietal bred for every specific purpose.


YES, many of these older varieties are cider apples, grown for making good tasting cider, not to be the sweetest, most easily transported apples like what dominates 99% of the orchard space today. What you get with these old varieties is a cider many times better than what you'll find on the shelf at your local grocery store, which is basically slightly cloudy sugar water. I have a local farmer who grows old cider apples and his cider is tied with campfires for my favorite thing about fall.
 
2022-05-19 9:22:21 AM  
Will there be lots of pressed fruit bowls from this?
 
2022-05-19 12:42:01 PM  

aleister_greynight: It's cool you can do that and all, but do we really need more types of apples?  There is already a varietal bred for every specific purpose.


Just like the main banana and chicken , it's good to hold onto the breeds that fell out of favour for mass market sales. See also heirloom vegetables ( and tomatoes ) .
 
2022-05-19 1:23:47 PM  

lifeslammer: Fun fact: the only apples in the world that have not been modified in the last 200 years of selective breeding or gmo is the crab apple. Which is why people who argue against gmo or selective breeding are massive idiots


Technically apples are neither gmo nor selectively bred. They're cloned.
 
2022-05-19 8:27:19 PM  
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