Apples

The definitive fruit of Western Civilization, the apple is at once the most familiar and least known of all the fruits in its full range of possibilities. For a brief moment in our recent history, the overthrow of the 'Red Delicious' apple made thinkable a marketplace of many apple types: large or small; sweet or tart or both simultaneously; yellow, purple, green, pink, nearly black, or white even, striped, splashed, spotted, russeted or waxy; the flesh yellow, red, snow white or pink; each ripe in its appropriate season from June until May. Truly, all the possible permutations of apple characters in color, size, season, flavor and texture could justify an orchard of a thousand named varieties, and every one unique and indispensable to the fruit lover. Commerce has again enforced a single apple upon the public, the ubiquitous 'Fuji' and its variants, advantageous because neutral in flavor, texture, color and season: we do not require it to be aromatic, or fresh, or red all over, and we accept that it will be waiting for us at the store every day of the year. But above all else in its favor, it can be produced abundantly in commercial grades from Kelowna to Kern County. We offer from our own orchards of the many dozens of finest apples, just a few best of varieties. How to choose? We have started with those most celebrated in the past, but which have been lost to apple lovers for so long, the mind of man remembereth them not...

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