[NAFEX] firm cooking apples (was Bramley)

Dave Griffin griffingardens at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 1 06:37:31 EDT 2005

Prairie Spy and N. Spy are unrelated. I used to know the parents but only
remember this much now. Where does the spy part of the name come from?
Somebody once told me it was a reference to the russeted area around the
stem. This is much in evidence on the Prairie Spies but I don't know if the
N. Spies have it, and it doesn't explain why that makes it a "spy".


> [Original Message]
> From: Ginda Fisher <list at ginda.us>
> To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: 8/31/05 5:23:24 PM
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] firm cooking apples (was Bramley)
> Thanks everyone.
> Charlie - you live in my general neighborhood.  Where can I buy  
> Northern Spies?  (reply off list if you like.)  I see a few of them  
> for one week at one market, and wonder if anyone sells them in more  
> quantity.
> Stephen, I will have to try a multi-variety pie with an eye towards  
> slices in sauce, as you suggest.  Perhaps Spy and Macintosh.
> Of the other suggested apples, I can buy a few Goldrush or Newton  
> Pippin (like Northern Spy), Jonagold, Stayman Winesap, and of course  
> Macoun, which is very popular around here and is in the supermarket  
> in season.   I find Macoun cooks similarly to McIntosh.  (Maybe I  
> overcook it?)
> I've never seen Suncrisp or Cox's Orange pippin for sale locally.  Or  
> a Prairie Spy.  Is that a really different apple or just a sport of N  
> Spy, do you think?
> Thanks again.  I will think of you in pie season.  :)
> Ginda
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