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Re: [nafex] Re: low acid apple

Possibly 'Lodi' - an 'improved' Transparent introduced because it's slightly
earlier and bigger - tip-off is that it didn't lose its shape in cooking -
Transparent cooks into a very smooth sauce quickly - Lodi does not and is
therefore a source of dissapointment to people when misrepresented as
Transparent -
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kieran or Donna" <redherring@tnaccess.com>
To: <nafex@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2001 2:45 PM
Subject: [nafex] Re: low acid apple

> I got a call from a little old lady last week asking me to come pick some
> apples.  I'd picked up apples from under another apple tree in her yard a
> few years ago, and
> well, you know how us NAFEXers can entertain people, so naturally she
> thought of me when the other tree outdid itself this year. I could hardly
> put a foot down under the tree without stepping on apples.  I tasted one,
> and
> my first thought  was, "This is a pretty sorry excuse for an apple."  I
> tried a few more, from slightly yellow to mostly green, (it doesn't change
> color much) and still there was no acid, and not much taste.  I picked up
> about 5 gallons of them off the ground, and by the time I was done, I was
> thinking I'd make some bland wine to blend with the plum wine I'd started,
> to tone down the acid a bit, and I'd make some cobblers and pies that for
> once my husband could not complain about being too sour.  They'd be good
> curries too, so we had to stop at our friends house and get some nice
> organic beefalo for the curry.  I gave them a bunch of apples, and she got
> out the salt.  I never ate salt on apples, and had to admit it was good.
> She gave me a bunch of eggplant from another old lady, and we headed home,
> my head teaming with recipe ideas.
>        I've read that the point of the sweet nonacid apples was to cut
> on the need for sugar.  I think they could simply serve as a substitute
> sugar. The curry was great, and my husband loved the cobbler I made.  I
> myself ate 5 apples raw (with salt) before breakfast this morning, and at
> least that
> many while cooking yesterday.  They aren't all that big, but I don't know
> any other apples I would eat that many of.  They don't have all that much
> taste, they aren't real crisp, but don't get mushy (don't lose shape in
> cooking either) and they are pretty juicy.  I got to thinking about some
> NAFEXer up north who had an article in Pomona offering an apple he had
> raised.  He said it
> wasn't a high flavored apple, was not at all striking, but that a person
> could easily eat 3-5 of them without thinking about it.  This apple is
> that, though I expect his is better.  Another advantage of this one is a
> nice thin skin that's fine to leave on in cooking, like the summer apples
> have.  It's only been 36 hours, and already my
> opinion has changed 180 degrees.  I actually think I know where there are
> more trees of it, I picked a few apples off the ground a few years ago,
> was not a bit impressed, especially as
> the first year they were a bit bitter.  I remember the owners were really
> proud of the trees, and I thought they were crazy.  I thought the only
> reason such trees would have been planted would be for blending for hard
> cider.
>     Now I am wondering if maybe I ought to graft a tree for myself.
> nice thing about it is that it's coming on during that lull between the
> early and the late apples. I don't see any CAR on the tree, not that that
> means much in town.  They do have some apple maggot, which surprises me,
> because though I do find them here, I don't notice them all that often.  I
> wonder, do they tend to hit only apples from a certain time of year, or
> they get all varieties from early to late?  I don't see any codling moth,
> but that too is hit or miss here.  Mostly hits, but not always.
>     Does anyone have any clues as to what variety it might be?  One thing
> peculiar about it is that not only are some of the fruit flattish, but the
> concave area on the bottom is large, and the lower curve up to the cavity
> more of a corner than a curve.  Donna TN z6
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