[NAFEX] Free rare apples offer appeals to food co-ops

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Mon Oct 18 18:07:24 EDT 2004


The following article, from the Oct. 18, 2004 Edinburgh, Scotland,
Evening News, provides an example of how NAFEX members might stimulate
demand for the old apple cultivars they grow. -- Sam 

Free rare apples offer appeals to food co-ops 
FRUIT lovers in the Capital have the chance to taste a variety of
unusual and rare apples to celebrate National Apple Day. 

The Edinburgh Community Food Initiative has arranged for 20 forgotten
types of the fruit to be distributed to more than a dozen community food
co-operatives. 

The free apples, which have been sourced from the National Fruit
Collection at Brogdale in Kent, will be handed out with information and
recipe ideas this Thursday. 

John Brennan, senior health promotion specialist with the ECFI, said:
"Most people feel that supermarkets open up a world of choice when it
comes to the variety of foods we have access to.  Sadly, supermarket
policies may be restricting our access to the wide variety of foods that
can be grown on our very own doorstep. 

"Take apples, for example.  The National Fruit Collection grows over
2500 varieties but can you name more than six varieties you can buy from
a supermarket? 

"To celebrate National Apple Day, and to continue to promote local
seasonal produce, ECFI is giving people the opportunity to try some of
these forgotten varieties." 

Apples on offer include the James Grieve variety, which was originally
cultivated in Edinburgh but is now virtually unknown.


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