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It’s an Apple Wonderland.

By Debra Knapke

Early morning apple picking is a tradition in our family. This morning it’s Winesap (more properly Staymen Winesap) harvest-time. I am convinced that the poisoned apple in Walt Disney’s Snow White was modeled after the beautiful red and shapely Winesap.

Winesaps, Cortlands and Macs (MacIntosh) are the apples of my youth. Memories surface while I am in the orchard: picking apples with the neighbors, and running up and down the rows – to the dismay of our moms, making pies and applesauce… this falls under the heading of the “good ‘ole days.’

A 'Winesap' that will not be going in the pie

A ‘Winesap’ that will not be going in the pie

As my husband, Tony, and I were driving out to Lynd’s to pick, I jokingly said, “I wonder what I will learn today about apples.”

As it turns out, a lot. First, there were some new cultivars to try. Below is ‘Crimson Crisp’, a beautiful apple that tastes similar to a Jonathan with underlying complex flavors. Interesting…

'Crimson Crisp'

‘Crimson Crisp’

But the apple that blew my socks off was ‘Trail Delite’, a hybrid developed by Mitch Lynd and named last night. Imagine a blast of pear that settles into tart apple with hint of sweetness that lingers in your mouth. This is not a pretty apple; it is quite russeted. Important point: russet apples tend to be more resistant to pests and diseases and if I have to choose between pretty and natural disease

'Trail Delite' -- a trail blazer in flavor

‘Trail Delite’ — a trail blazer in flavor

resistance, I will go with the latter every time.

We were lucky to find Mitch Lynd and I started asking questions about both hybrids and was treated to a wealth of apple history and lore. At the checkout, we were able to talk with Dick Lynd, and I asked more questions. Tony and I discussed what they told us all the way home.

One point that I kept hearing in my head: you have no idea what we have here in our orchards — amazing flavors and textures. I can’t wait…

Young trees at Lynd's Fruit Farm in Pataskala, OH

Young trees at Lynd’s Fruit Farm in Pataskala, OH

Note from Debra:  I did not correctly identify one of my apple muses: Dick WANDER (not Lynd) is in charge of apple production at Lynd Fruit Farm and to paraphrase Mitch Lynd, “he is among the most competent apple growers I have known.”





Seasonal Serendipity

Apple orchardBy Debra Knapke

I wasn’t looking for a new apple; it found me.

On a chilly morning at the end of October I picked my last two pecks of apples, Goldrush and Staymen Winesap at Lynd’s Fruit Farm in Pataskala, Ohio.  At the checkout, Andy Lynd offered me an apple that hasn’t been named yet.

Imagine a glowing, golden, perfectly formed apple accented with a red flush.  My first bite was apricots and summer wine with a hint of mango and kiwi.  The texture was crystally, crunchy… there are no other words to describe its texture.  And, like a fine wine, the best flavor notes lingered; reminding me of the perfume of apple flowers.

It is dangerous to be driving and eating an apple that is this good.

Even though the apple picking season has ended, there are plenty of other apple-based pleasures to anticipate.  While Michael is looking forward to the lull in the garden tending, I haven’t left fall – yet.  I am thinking of what all my apples will turn into: muffins, apple pie, applesauce, baked apples, dried apples and more.

And, I am dreaming of that golden Atalanta* apple that I hope to pick soon at Lynd’s.  Next year?

If you would like to explore more apple offerings, check out Debra’s article, “The Apple ”, beautifully illustrated by Brooke Albrecht, in the Fall Issue of EdibleColumbus.Apples on tree

* For those who may not remember the myth…  Atalanta was a fierce huntress devoted to Diana.  She avoided marriage by setting up a challenge:  she would only marry the man who could best her in a foot race.  Any suitor who could not outrun her would forfeit his life.  Hippomenes (or Melanion, in some renditions) fell in love with Atalanta and appealed to Aphrodite for help.   Aphrodite gave Hippomenes three golden apples along with the instruction to throw one out each time Atalanta started to pass him.  These enticing apples slowed Atalanta enough to allow Hippomenes to finish first and end Atalanta’s unmarried state.

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