Apple compatible

日期:2018-01-16 03:18:13 作者:邰勾 阅读:

It’s apple season in the northern hemisphere. If you’re not down under and are wondering what to do with your windfalls, you can find recipes for apple pie, apple bread, apple soup and even apple pizza at http://www.bestapples.com/, where the recipes come courtesy of the Washington Apple Commission. Washington state grows more than half of America’s apples. For those who aspire to greater things, the Maltose Falcons Home Brewing Society has a full-bodied, if somewhat dry, article on how to craft a good cider at http://www.westval.com/mfalcons/news/9609cide.htm. Thought to have originated in Eastern Europe and Asia, apples are now cultivated throughout the world. Between 5000 and 7000 varieties of the apple genus Malus have been developed, more than for any other fruit. Most of these are listed in the US Department of Agriculture’s National Germplasm Repository at http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/. If your supermarket stocks only those mealy, thick-skinned commercial varieties, Red Delicious and Granny Smith, you might consider planting your own tree. As the Irish Seed Savers Association of County Clare (at http://www.ie.embnet.org/igrct/seedsavr.html) will tell you, many traditional apples have far superior flavour and texture to those bred to survive intercontinental shipping. Members swap seeds of traditional fruits and vegetables, along with advice on how and where to grow them, not only for better produce, but also to help preserve genetic diversity. Apple seedlings are also commercially available. The 5 Star Nursery in North Brooklin, Maine (http://media4.hypernet.com/~5STAR/nursery.html), offers 17 rare, organically grown varieties, all grafted onto hardy English or Russian rootstocks for resilience in the northern climate. Be patient: new trees usually take three to five years to bear fruit. More on these topics: