Apples to Apples

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APPLES TO APPLES IX: fuji, golden, wickson

as promised, this installment of APPLES TO APPLES includes our first apple from a farm other than devoto gardens. it also has two new devoto apples. all in all, a light week, but one with old favorites and new surprises.

Fuji
the fuji is a very popular, or at least available, apple. it is very sweet, perhaps even overly sweet, with a nice crisp texture and lots of juice. the fuji’s shortcomings are two-fold: one, as i said, it can be overly […]

By |22 October 2013|Categories: Apples to Apples, Food|0 Comments

APPLES TO APPLES VIII: so much apples

i know, i know. this has taken forever. sorry. i promise the net one will not be so long in coming.

this time we have EIGHT varieties of apple to go over. i hope you’re hungry. as usual. all eight come from devoto gardens, though the next installment will feature apples from another farm. till then though, you’ll have to make do with the spitzenberger, best ever, rome, winesap, fameuse, sierra beauty, davisson, and swaar.

Spitzenberger
they say the spitzenberger was thomas jefferson’s […]

By |11 October 2013|Categories: Apples to Apples, Food|0 Comments

APPLES TO APPLES VII: new york edition

this has been another travel week for me, so i’m a bit late getting to this week’s APPLES TO APPLES. sorry about that!

i am currently waiting for my flight home to board, early and with plenty of time to eat and think about apples. besides, we only have two new varieties to deal with this week: northern spy and the mystery apple.

will we solve the mystery? read on to find out!

(HINT: no, we won’t.)

Northern Spy
this is the larger of the […]

By |23 September 2013|Categories: Apples to Apples, Food|0 Comments

APPLES TO APPLES VI: three varieties

this is a light week here at APPLES TO APPLES, with only three new apples from devoto gardens. we’ve got hawaiians, ozark golds, and jonagolds for you—but if i were you, i’d just keep buying (and eating) mutsus as long as they’re around.

Hawaiian
now, if you know anything about me and my family, you know i have a soft spot for hawai’i and most things hawaiian. my dad grew up in honolulu, and we still have a lot of ohana out there. we […]

By |13 September 2013|Categories: Apples to Apples, Food|0 Comments

APPLES TO APPLES V: double edition

the last couple of weeks have been a little crazy with a show, a plane ride, etc., so this fifth installment of APPLES TO APPLES features two weeks’ worth of new apple varieties from our friends at devoto. that’s eight different apples, the quality of which ran the gamut.

Cinnamon Spice
this sweet apple does indeed have a hint of spice to it. it’s a subtle flavor—not super intense, but quite tasty. the flesh is firm and dense. it’s not especially juicy, […]

By |6 September 2013|Categories: Apples to Apples, Food|0 Comments

APPLES TO APPLES IV: four varieties

week four of APPLES TO APPLES finds another influx of new varieties from devoto gardens—four this week. a fun week. every apple was at least decent, in its own way. i’ll go with the order in the picture, from left to right.

Golden Supreme

the golden supreme is another in the line of sweet, crisp apples. it’s light and juicy. the flavor is sweet but not overpowering. in fact, it’s a little too light. i’d like it to pack a little more […]

By |23 August 2013|Categories: Apples to Apples, Food|0 Comments

APPLES TO APPLES III: let’s try again

welcome to week three of APPLES TO APPLES. in stark contrast to last week, devoto gardens had no new varieties for me this week. in fact, some apples, like the pink pearls and the nonesuches, were gone after just one week. with no new apples, imm going to briefly revisit two of the apples from last week to see if they improved from the first week of their seasons to the second.

Burgundy
a week of seasoning did nothing to put the […]

By |17 August 2013|Categories: Apples to Apples, Food|0 Comments

APPLES TO APPLES II: five varieties

welcome to week two of APPLES TO APPLES. we have a whopping FIVE new varieties of apple this week, all from the good people at  devoto gardens. on the whole, i was not totally crazy about the new varieties this week. let’s start with the two clear-cut winners, the pink blush and the hubbardston nonesuch.

Pink Pearl

the most striking thing about the pink pearl is also the least important: these little guys are bright pink on the inside. with a distinctive rosy […]

By |9 August 2013|Categories: Apples to Apples, Food|0 Comments

APPLES TO APPLES I: gravensteins

well, here we are: apple season (one of my favorite seasons). in case you missed it, ian’s post on the tyranny of the red delicious has inspired me to try to do a series reviewing the many varieties of apple that i will undoubtedly be sampling this year.

i get almost all of my apples from devoto gardens, and they surprised me this week by having the first gravensteins of the season. i took them home, and am now enjoying putting […]

By |2 August 2013|Categories: Apples to Apples, Food|7 Comments