Russell Steven Powell

Winning apple pies

  CALL IT beginner’s luck. “It was the first attempt I ever made at writing my own recipe and baking…

A corporate giant slams New England apple growers

JONAGOLD is one of the finest apples grown in New England. In taste tests, consumers rate it highly — as high…

A Corail is a Pinova, an apple crostata is like a galette

APPLE VARIETIES have a long tradition of having multiple names. Before it became Baldwin, the apple was known as Woodpecker,…

Try Empires in Apple-Pear Cobbler with Cheddar

WITH THE ARRIVAL of classic mid- to late-season apples like Cortland, Macoun, and McIntosh, and newcomers like Gala, Honeycrisp, and…

Starting the apple season with Sansa

THE EARLY RETURNS are in, and there is good news for New England apple lovers. Despite last year’s bumper crop,…

Mutsu and Stayman among the year’s best late-season apples

SOME OF THE BEST New England apples from the 2015 fresh harvest are still available in stores. Cortlands and McIntosh…

Table of apple pies by Geri Griswold (Russell Steven Powell photo)
The apple pies of our eyes

THE APPLE’S unique status as a cultural icon takes on special meanings in America when baked in a pie. Apple…

Suncrisp apples, Tougas Family Farm, Northborough, Massachusetts (Russell Steven Powell photo)
Good now, better later: Idared and Suncrisp

SOME APPLES, like fine wines, improve with age. Two relatively new varieties, Suncrisp and Idared — are examples. Their flavor…

How to identify an apple (and Fuji)

BY MOST ACCOUNTS, 2015 has been a banner year for New England apples, and not just for its commercial orchards,…

Geri Griswold's pie made with Honeycrisp apples was a sweet hit. (Russell Steven Powell photo)
Apple pie time

GET READY to reset your inner clocks this weekend, and turn up your ovens. With the holidays less than a…

A bin of Cortlands from Boothby's Orchard and Farm
The classic all-purpose Cortland

THERE MAY NOT BE a better all-purpose apple than Cortland. It has long been known for its excellence in pies….

These Honeycrisp apples at Wellwood Orchards in Springfield, Vermont, were just days away from being picked when this photograph was taken September 2. (Russell Steven Powell photo)
New England Honeycrisp: the real deal

FEW APPLES are in as great demand every fall as Honeycrisp. This extraordinary apple combines several superlatives in one package,…