[Sca-cooks] Historical Apples - substitutions for
lilinah at earthlink.net
Wed Oct 29 10:56:47 PDT 2008
Stefan asked about:
> "sports" and "terrior"?
Femke made a typo - that should be "terroir". It is the word commonly
used in French to describe wine grapes from a very specific region,
and not just the general region where the grapes are grown, but even
which side of a hill.
That is because the geographic location, the topography, the type of
soil and the climate all effect the flavor of food grown on plants.
So, as Femke was discussing, a particular type of apple grown in
California and in Michigan, assuming that both the root stock and the
specific grafted apple type are identical, will actually taste
Even if i grew a particular period apple tree in my back yard
(assuming i had one) here in Northern California, there's a good
chance that its apples will have significant flavor, and potentially
even texture, differences from the same apple grown in, oh, say
Here's a definition of sport, not mine:
In botany, a sport is a part of a plant (normally a woody plant, but
sometimes in herbs as well) that shows morphological differences from
the rest of the plant. Sports may differ by foliage shape or color,
flowers, or branch structure.
In other words, it is a spontaneous mutant.
For example, on a tree producing all yellow apples, a sport would be
a red apple, which may also have some flavor differences from the
yellow apples. If the differences are found to be desirable, then
trees may be grown from that sport, and it can become a new breed.
On the Trees of Antiquity website, there are a number of apple trees
they sell that were developed from sports. Since sports happen
naturally, they have happened in the past as well.
Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
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