[NAFEX] Apple Varieties Disappear from U.S. Markets : Slow Food USA
spidra at gmail.com
Sat Nov 13 00:54:01 EST 2010
Heirloom varieties have been obscure for many decades, but I have to say
I've seen signs of life. When I was growing up in the late '60s, early '70s,
our So Cal markets had only Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and (Newtown)
Pippin. Pippin was soon replaced by Granny Smith. Just the other day my mom
came home from that same supermarket chain with some Arkansas Black apples.
I was dumbfounded. I never expected to see those in a mainstream
supermarket. Now that market has Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonagold,
Newtown Pippin, Gala, Fuji, Jazz, Braeburn, Arkansas Black, Cripps Pink,
Granny Smith and a couple more depending on time in the season. Only some
of those are heritage apples, but I think there's cause to be cautiously
You'll never see the more obscure varieties in a supermarket but they never
were. As long as we see them at Farmer's Markets, we're in good shape. And
at least along the coast of CA, you can see about 25 different varieties
through the season at various markets. That's a lot more variety than the 3
I grew up with.
On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM, Doreen Howard <gardendiva at charter.net>wrote:
> Heirloom apples are disappearing, according to this blog.
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