Apples of Uncommon Character

Apples of Uncommon Character

123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics, & Little-known Wonders

Book - 2014
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In his classic A Geography of Oysters, Rowan Jacobsen forever changed the way America talks about its best bivalve. Now he does the same for our favorite fruit, showing us that there is indeed life beyond Red Delicious - and even Honeycrisp. While supermarkets limit their offerings to a few waxy options, apple trees with lives spanning human generations are producing characterful varieties - and now they are in the midst of a rediscovery. From heirlooms to new designer breeds, a delicious diversity of apples is out there for the eating. Apples have strong personalities, ranging from crabby to wholesome. The Black Oxford apple is actually purple, and looks like a plum. The Knobbed Russet looks like the love child of a toad and a potato. (But don't be fooled by its looks.) The D'Arcy Spice leaves a hint of allspice on the tongue. Cut Hidden Rose open and its inner secret is revealed. With more than 150 art-quality color photographs, Apples of Uncommon Character shows us the fruit in all its glory. Jacobsen collected specimens both common and rare from all over North America, selecting 120 to feature, including the best varieties for eating, baking, and hard-cider making. Each is accompanied by a photograph, history, lore, and a list of characteristics. The book also includes 20 recipes, savory and sweet, resources for buying and growing, and a guide to the best apple festivals. It's a must-have for every foodie.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781620402276
Branch Call Number: 634.11 JACOBSE
Characteristics: 311 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Barboza, Clare


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Jan 26, 2017

This has some of the most sparkling and incisive descriptions I have seen on any subject, and the author does not hesitate to take on the many bad apple varieties that clog grocery stores bins today. Plus very good photographs. I bought my own copy at once.

Jan 04, 2017

Great book for beginners or experienced apple collectors alike. The notes on habits and fruit taste is valuable. I've grafted different varieties on a single tree. But yet to enjoy the fruits. The photos are gorgeous. Love the story behind each variety.

Nov 23, 2014

This is a gorgeous book with beautiful photographs of 123 different varieties of apples. The author provides some basic observations: Appearance, taste, texture, season, etc. followed by a brief narrative describing the history and other aspects of each apple. Not all of the apples are listed because of their taste merits but some due to historical significance such as Ben Davis or Red Delicious. The reader is bound to find more than a few apple descriptions that want to be pursued to tasting. A number of great recipes are also provided.


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