[Sca-cooks] Historical Apples

Mark Hendershott crimlaw at jeffnet.org
Mon Oct 27 09:57:36 PDT 2008

I've been casually following this thread.  I'm surprised I haven't 
seen a suggestion to try farmstands or farmers markets (if this 
suggestion was made, then I'm too casual).  A farmstand nearby 
(Southern Oregon) sometimes has 12-15 bins of different apples.  No 
really ancient varieties but lots of different kinds.  They had 
Gravensteins earlier in the fall but they are over with now.

Simon Sinneghe
Briaroak, Summits, An Tir

At 08:20 PM 10/26/2008, you wrote:
>toodles, margaret  wrote:
>>  Gravenstein's perhaps?
>>  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravenstein>
>>  I've never seen these in stores in my area (although perhaps I'm just not
>>  looking), but the wikipedia suggests they are popular in Nova Scotia.
>Trees of Antiquity says:
>GRAVENSTEIN Germany or Denmark 1790
>[so not in agreement with wikipedia which dates them to 1669, which 
>is still out of period, but getting closer]
>A red sport of our local favorite, it is similar to Gravenstein...
>[clearly not SCA-period]
>I remember Gravensteins from the late 60s and early 70s, but i don't 
>recall seeing them recently, although perhaps i haven't been looking 
>at the apples in the Berkeley Bowl often enough. I know that the 
>produce people at Whole Foods didn't know what i was talking about 
>when i asked about Gravensteins, Winesaps, and Rome Beauties.
>Now besides insipid "Delicious" apples, there are mostly Fujis and 
>Pink Ladys, with the occasional Braeburns. These are tasty to eat 
>out of hand, but far too modern for the SCA.
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