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keeping up with the club crowd

Posted by Michael Phillips 
keeping up with the club crowd
February 20, 2021 04:27AM
Trademarked apple varieties are weaving their way into supermarket chains all over. I'd be curious to grow EverCrisp, given it's grower origins through the Midwest Apple Improvement Association – though admittedly even this would be a marketing move on my part just so I could replace finicky Honeycrisp. Otherwise this current thrust of apple patents and club varieties misses the mark for many of us. Real Apple Culture is far more embracing and sharing, like the trees themselves.

You all need to read this Penn State article:Why All the New Apple Varieties? to kick off this discussion. The diagram showing commercial apple sourcing (first published in Good Fruit Grower) portrays a dizzying array of Sweet Tangled Romance... or something like that.

All pizazz aside, it's fun to discover and/or develop regional varieties. The passing on of apple tradition lies in the stories we can tell. A recent member to the network shared his excitement with me about Summer Hill, a cross he made between Rhode Island Greening and Liberty. I was certainly enticed enough to request a few scions. The two apples I've named to date are Bonkers and Delirious... breaking all the "naming rules" in John Bunker's epic tome on fruit exploring. Cidermakers exploring hedge rows are coming up with some truly American bittersweets and bittersharps. One of Eric Shatt's contributions (of Redbyrd Cider in New York) is the Gnarled Chapman in honor of Johnny-You-Know-Who.

Anyhow, consider this a thread about a serious cultural divide. Talk about those new apples if you wish. Share the fun of putting a name to your own vested orb. Tonight is for creating lore.

Lost Nation Orchard
Zone 4b in New Hampshire

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/20/2021 05:23PM by Michael Phillips.
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