Apples to grow, taste, make Streudel with or drink cider from. Numbers always impress me; with every apple seed producing a new variety (with an affixed name) we (those who eat apples and throw cores with seeds) would have hundreds and thousands of varieties today. Historically, I have heard there were 16000 named varieties once. WOW! Who was keeping track! I mean taste comparisons and everything. Today as I hear, there are 4000 in the UK and 4000 in the U.S. The Apples of New York is a major historical compendium of apples grown and named published ~1900. With that and the concommitant ubiquity that comes with supermarkets, we have 10 or 20 named apples to taste.
Flavors: One problem I know are many apple varieties stored in the same cooler. Here they exchanve gases/ aromas causing every apple to taste like it’s neighbor. Hmm, what to do?
Grow your own! With a bit of soil-for instance-a spot along a favorite path, a neighbors’ wild back fourty, a freeway edge or a 15 gallon patio pot, you can grow beautiful fruit.
Here is ‘Cosmic Crisp’, it’s 1st year on the market! A tough apple as it has Enterprise in it’s breeding. Why I like apples mostly is because I can eat one-a-day right into May -just before the native Salmonberry ripen. A ready-made and packaged succulent dessert.
Why grow more than one kind? Most apple trees need a mate for pollinating. There is one kind that doesn’t and that is a Triploid, 3 chromosome pairs. Ploidy: There are Diploid and Triploid (chromosomal counts) in apple varieties – two kinds of apple trees that will not pollinate each other. Curiously a Triploid can produce fruit all alone without pollination, diploids never do that. Diploids always need another diploid. Besides that, it’s more tasty to have seasonal apples say beginning in July with Blueberries and finishing in May after the last of stored apples can be savored.