Apple lore. This is the title I think the history and discovery of apples should be. Today at the Farmer's market I was reminded of my fascination and delight found in the tales of apples. It seems so exotic, like we are being transported to the land of fairy tales through a single bite.
A few examples:
Blondee was discovered a limb mutation on a Gala tree in Portsmouth, Ohio. (This crisp sweet variety is similar to a Gala but the skin is completely yellow)
Pink-a-Boo: The first tree of this variety was discovered growing wild in Airlie, Oregon in the 1960s. It is also known as Airlie Red Flesh.
Ashmead's Kernal: This antique variety was first grown in England in the 1700s. Apple connoisseurs love Ashmeads Kernal for its sweet but acidic flavor which is similar to the Golden Russet. (Read more about this apple and it's following here.)
Arlet: is also known as the "Swiss Gourmet." This Golden delicious/Idared cross is a favorite among people who like a sweet-tart taste.
A lot of these varieties aren't available through the season, so get yee to a farmer's market!