[Sca-cooks] Historical Apples
ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Mon Oct 27 03:27:38 PDT 2008
I posted a few days ago but haven't seen it appear.
I don't know what would be period for 13th c. Al Andalus, but there are
a number of varieties believed to be pre-1600 still available, such as
Summer Rambo--which used to be available near Pennsic at Pennsic time,
but no longer is--Lady apples, Calville Blanc d'Hiver, Sops of Wine. I
have an old article in the Miscellany on the subject: "Concerning Trees
and Their Fruits" in "Articles Written in Persona" webbed at:
We currently have a Lady Apple and a Calville Blanc in front of the
house, both of which bore this year. I don't kn owwhat has happened to
the period trees I planted and later abandoned in Philadelphia and New
Orleans. A really ambitious head cook might be able to find a local
orchard that grew one of the period varieties, with luck.
As to pippins, Cox's Orange Pippin, while famous, isn't, I believe,
period. I wouldn't assume crab apples are particularly likely to be
Southmeadow Nursery used to be the best source for period trees, but I
am told it went badly down hill and I'm not sure if it still exists.
Miller's nursery has some.
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