01 November 2007

13 Kinds of Apples

Continuing last week's apple thread...

There's a world of apples out there, beyond Macintosh and Granny Smith and Red Delicious. I just ordered my annual sampler pack from Apple Source. They'll send you a divided box of 12 perfectly picked and packed apples, with a chart like on the back of the Whitman Sampler chocolate box so you know what you're eating. Side by side, the many varieties are surprisingly diverse and differently delectable. And, they have fabulous, whimsical, evocative names. Like these thirteen:

  1. Black Gilliflower
  2. Dr. Matthews
  3. Gold Coast
  4. Grimes Golden
  5. Hidden Rose
  6. Moyer's Prize
  7. Newtown Pippin
  8. Kandil Sinap
  9. Pitmaston Pineapple
  10. Razor Russet
  11. Turley Winesap
  12. Ashmead's Kernel
  13. Esopus Spitzenberg

I ordered the Antique Sampler, so I don't know what I'm going to get. But whatever turns up, it'll be fun. And tasty. And different. And not Red Delicious.

26 comments:

Cocoa said...

Goodness I haven't heard of most of these varieties! Hope you enjoy some yummy goodness when they come.

Bloggers said...

There are so many dif . types of apples.

Alisha said...

I have a co-worker who brings me apples. No clue what variety they are, but they rock.
Last week, I just cored and sliced them and cooked them down in brown sugar and brandy. Used the immersion blender and made some killer applesauce....
I wish I could come out there for the apple tasting, but yes, in February, I will cook a feast in PW....

MamaArcher said...

the absolute best apple I have ever had is the Honey Crisp apple directly off the tree in the orchards in Washington State! YUM!

Emily said...

I just discovered Honey Crisp apples, as well. By FAR the best apple ever.

Although, admittedly, I have never tried a single one on your list.

Julia said...

hmmm ... apples! I favor Pink Lady and Jona Gold, and from time to time a good old Granny Smith ;)
But the best thing to do with apples is applestrudel. hmm...

Happy TT!

Julia

imaginary binky said...

Pink Lady is darn tasty, which now that I think about it, sounds like a very dirty thing to say. Ahem.

Enjoy your apples!

Teryn said...

I've always thought Red Delicious apples were misnamed. Red Bleh is more like it.

Enjoy your antique apples. Mmmm.

FRIGGA said...

Oh man oh man I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE your topic! If you ever want some info on apples come on by AnyApples and click the link "An Apple A Day" where I give you the low down on over 100 different varieties!!

Happy TT :P

BipolarLawyerCook said...

I love empires and roxbury russets.

niobe said...

I once read a story (and not a very good one) about a couple who named each of their children after a different variety of apple.

I think the apples I like best are crabapples. The kind that you think are too sour to eat.

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Aliki2006 said...

Ooohh, this sounds wonderful! I love apples--I might have to try such a sampler myself.

S. said...

We have an Esopus Spitzenberg in our backyard, one of four I planted the year Z. was born. It's very small, still, but it did fruit this year, just one apple--and it was gone when I went to pick it!!! So I still don't know what they taste like. Nu?

andi said...

I like Pink Ladies myself - they don't sound quite as exotic as these ones, though.

Cathy said...

Spitzenbergs were the favorite apple of Thomas Jefferson! This according to our favorite apple guy at the Marin farmers' market. New to us this year--from the same vendor--are Hoover and Arkansas Black. Tart, crisp, delectable. If you see any, you must buy some.

Julie Pippert said...

Another Pink Lady fan here!

The kids had an apple tasting at school...all varieties. How neat is that.

Julie
Using My Words

Julia said...

These sound ahem... interesting.
But my taste buds promised to be faithful to Jonah Golds. Yum!

alejna said...

Those are some lovely names.

I went apple picking a couple weekends ago, and have no idea what types we picked. The orchard grows over 50 varieties, and I know we got at least a dozen different types, but the trees weren't labelled.

Mad Hatter said...

mmmmm. Honeycrisp is a variety that hit it big up here a couple of years ago. It is the most delicious apple I have ever eaten. Definitely not a cooker.

Why look, your other commenters have already said this.

I like Macs, Spartans and Paula Reds for cooking. And nothing beats a Mac when it comes to sharp cheese or apple pie.

thirtysomething said...

Yum! I haven't heard of many of those, but hey, anything but Red Delicious, please.

Nicholas said...

I've never heard of any of these. As you say, there's a whole world outside Macs and Granny Smiths.

Janet said...

I love that!

i just tried a Honey Crisp from the farmers market last week and it reminded me that I need to branch out. It was awesome.

painted maypole said...

yum

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

I didn't read all the comments, so maybe someone already said this:

You should find the book 'Apples to Oregon.' It's about a man who takes his apples (and pears and grapes and cherries and...) across the Oregon Trail. It's a children's book, very funny. All his kids are named after apples. The main character is named Delicious!

http://www.amazon.com/Apples-Oregon-Slightly-Narrative-Cherries/dp/0689847696

Katotmt25 said...

Oh my! These names sound fictitious, something read in a great children's fantasy book of some kind. What were they like?

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