Wednesday, June 29, 2011

summer apples

The cultural conditioning to think of apples as exclusively fruits of autumn runs deep, but the reality is that some excellent apple varieties ripen as early as mid-June in this area. Even after having consciously selected apple varieties that would continuously fruit from June through November, it's been hard for me to remember to seek out and enjoy the early fruit. These Gravensteins are just the right crisp balance of tart and sweet right now, and we're enjoying Dorsett Golden and Strawberry Parfait as well.

And that's no small consolation for a sorrowful peach and nectarine crop, the result of our wet spring and a lot of peach-leaf curl.

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