[NAFEX] Apple Varieties Disappear from U.S. Markets : Slow Food USA

Deb S debs913 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 13 08:43:20 EST 2010


I concur.  We had Red Delicious in the 60s and 70s.  And if we were lucky,
Yellow Delicious.  I remember the HUGE splash that Granny Smith made in the
fruit aisle.

To this day, I can't stand a Red Delicious apple.  Takes me right back to
the lunch rooms of my child hood.

deb

On Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 12:54 AM, Spidra Webster <spidra at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> hopeful.
>
> 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.
>
> Megan Lynch
>
> http://www.meganlynch.net
>
>
> On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM, Doreen Howard <gardendiva at charter.net>wrote:
>
>> Heirloom apples are disappearing, according to this blog.
>>
>>
>> http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/slow_food/blog_post/apple_varieties_disappear_from_u.s._markets/#When:17:52:38Z
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