Advertisement

American Press

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Southwest Louisiana ,
| Share |

Dubois: How do you like them apples?

Last Modified: Sunday, July 07, 2013 6:55 PM

By Carl Dubois / Special to the American Press

Or, I didn't realize we're only seeing a fraction of the possibilities when we shop for apples at the supermarket. That is, until I read this.


There's this.

Through the catalog of Fedco Trees, a mail-order company he founded in Maine 30 years ago, Bunker has sown the seeds of a grassroots apple revolution.

All weekend long, I watched people gravitate to what Bunker ("Bunk" to his friends, a category that seems to include half the population of Maine) calls "the vibrational pull" of a table laden with bright apples. "Baldwin!" said a tiny old man with white hair and intermittent teeth, pointing to a brick-red apple that was one of America's most important until the frigid winter of 1933-34 knocked it into obscurity. "That's the best!"


And this:

In the mid-1800s, there were thousands of unique varieties of apples in the United States, some of the most astounding diversity ever developed in a food crop. Then industrial agriculture crushed that world. The apple industry settled on a handful of varieties to promote worldwide, and the rest were forgotten. They became commercially extinct—but not quite biologically extinct.

Check it out. I found it fascinating.

Comment on this article

captcha 990cf0f977fb41cdbf764a73be9170d0




Get Social With Us!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Mobile
  • Feed
Advertisement

Copyright © 2014 American Press

Privacy Policies: American Press