[Sca-cooks] Historical Apples - substitutions for
otsisto at socket.net
Tue Oct 28 21:30:28 PDT 2008
To my understanding, apples are indigenous to Europe. Crabapples possible
origin may be Scotland or Sweden.
When you say "New World" are you mostly speaking of present day crabapples
or has there been a discovery on crabapples indigenous to the Americas?
So, what you probably want is less a substitution variety-for-variety, than
to understand what KIND of apple you're looking for. Most European apples
from period are considered subacid - sweet, with a low level of malic acid.
Pretty different from the New World crab apple/old world dessert apple
crosses common today.
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