Roxbury Russet apple

What’s So Special About A New England Apple?

THERE ARE MANY REASONS to choose locally grown apples.  Almost any fruit or vegetable, from strawberries to tomatoes, tastes better the…

Fresh Apples, French Apple Tart, and Our 2022 Calendar

I TAKE AN APPLE with me whenever I walk, and I walk every day. I forget about it until I am more…

Dining with Apples from Salad to Dessert

NO FOOD is more versatile or adaptable than apples.  Apples are equally good eaten fresh or cooked. Apples go well with…

A Toast to Cider

RICH, FROTHY CIDER, fresh or hard, is as complex and variable as the fruit from which it is made. Now…

Heirloom Apples: A Bite of History

HISTORIANS, WRITERS, FILMMAKERS have tried in countless ways to imagine, preserve, and understand the past. Our connection to our ancestors informs…

Russets: Small Size, Big Flavor

THEY ARE AMONG the most flavorful of apples. They excel in ciders, fresh and hard. Yet russet apples remain a mystery…

An Apple By Any Other Name

EMPIRE AND JONAGOLD, two of the best later-season apples, are now ready at New England orchards, farm stands, and grocery stores….

The Most Prolific Apple

ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING things about the apple is how it connects us to our past.  A history book, a…

Apple Beauty Shots (and Air-Fried Turnovers)

NOW THAT THE APPLES are mostly off the trees at New England’s orchards, we get to enjoy their beauty close…

Jonagold, and New England Apple Muffins

WITH OCTOBER comes a rush of late-season apples, from the New England heirlooms Baldwin and Northern Spy, to a trio…

Apples for All Ages and Places

IF, as the English poet and hymnodist William Cowper (1731-1800) said, “Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all…

Mother apples (Russell Steven Powell photo)
Why the Iconic Apple?

CHANCES ARE you would not be reading this if I were writing about spinach or carrots. Healthy and delicious as…