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post #2896 of 3023
Boskoop (Belle de Boskoop) is great for cooking and baking. Also makes fantastic juice (Van Nahmen's Boskoop juice is great). A bit too tart and tough-skinned to eat raw though, imo.
post #2897 of 3023
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russett is not a variety but a characteristic. there are a whole bunch of apple varieties that exhibit some degree of russetting. most of them are out of commercial production and some of them are quite good.

Learn something new every day.
post #2898 of 3023
the apples that I picked at the end of October were outrageously good. we ended up with something like 30 pounds (ok, that is way overstated), and used each and every one. Apple sauce, apple crumble, waldorf salad, plain with cheddar, plain with peanut butter, just plain, and the last bunch made awesome apple juice.
post #2899 of 3023
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russett is not a variety but a characteristic. there are a whole bunch of apple varieties that exhibit some degree of russetting. most of them are out of commercial production and some of them are quite good.
at this point, i want to once again put on my pedant hat and remind once again that buying produce is not like buying sweaters. these are not brands. getting a good apple requires a combination of variety, location, and farming ability. honestly, some of my favorite apples are golden delicious, when they're well grown. and another of my favorites, pink lady, are nearly perfect when well grown and almost totally bland when they're not.

I see. Well, this is the apple I am referring to:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roxbury_Russet

I too enjoy golden delicious, however I had a fair share of mealy ones this season. I did bake a few that came out nice.
post #2900 of 3023
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the apples that I picked at the end of October were outrageously good. we ended up with something like 30 pounds (ok, that is way overstated), and used each and every one. Apple sauce, apple crumble, waldorf salad, plain with cheddar, plain with peanut butter, just plain, and the last bunch made awesome apple juice.

I had apple overload. Convenient snack. Don't care to see one until next Fall.
post #2901 of 3023
Thanks to you guys, I just craved apples and went out at 10 pm to buy a few honeycrunchs, a fuji and a gala.
post #2902 of 3023
Really? You feel dizzy after eating a honeycrisp?
post #2903 of 3023
I understand New York State to fortunately still be a source for a number of the old heritage brands. Mind, not all those are great eating apples by modern standards but love that they are still to be found.

Minnesota has a similar legacy of apple cultivation but alas many growers supply the same three-five varieties. There are a couple of exceptions - the orchard we frequent grows about two dozen varieties. Some very limited... best I had this year was their "Duchess of Oldenburg" - a late-August apple.

Overall, our apple season was sub-par. Late freeze last Spring. Fall drought and early freeze.

BTW- Did you know Honeycrisp was cultivated for 30 years before it was ready for release?
post #2904 of 3023
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BTW- Did you know Honeycrisp was cultivated for 30 years before it was ready for release?

that's actually fairly typical for tree fruit development. one guy i talked to compared it to medieval cathedral building -- usually the people who release the new variety were the students of the people who first developed it.
post #2905 of 3023
post #2906 of 3023
Tasmanian Leatherwood honey.
post #2907 of 3023
http://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2013/12/02/eataly-coming-philadelphia/

I'll be able to peruse and not buy overpriced gourmet items in Philly! And I mean not just at Di Bruno Bros!
post #2908 of 3023
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This company makes delicious vinegars.
http://www.acetoria.de/

Any idea where I can order that? I'm considering it as a Christmas gift for my mom, but I'm not finding it anywhere.
post #2909 of 3023
Hell, I can't even get it in Berlin or Hamburg (or at least they won't tell me where I can get it other than ordering directly from them...).
post #2910 of 3023
I found it here. I think that's the only place to actually have it in stock, I've never bought anything from them or even heard of them though, and I have no idea how the prices are.
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