Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Heirloom Apple Field Trip

by student blogger Leah

Time has done funny things to agriculture. In some regards, time has been kind to agriculture by gifting it with technology and innovation that broadens the scope of possibilities within the field. In other regards, time has played an evil trick on agriculture that has stolen heirloom varieties of diverse plants and unique species.

Montgomery Place Apple Orchard has managed to escape time and preserve these old apple varieties on a stunning piece of land in the Hudson Valley. My ecology of food professor took my class to the orchard so that we could experience the wonder of timeless apples for ourselves. Some of the incredible varieties include Cox’s Orange Pipin, Ashmead’s Kernel, Blue Pearmain, Esopus Spitzenburg, and Nittany, just to name a few.

We did a tasting in class of the different apples and talked about how we would cook them. Ingredients like these stunning apples are the most fun to cook with because very little work can be or need be done to improve them.

These beauties make cooks look good.

The farm is currently harvesting:
Api Etoile
Belle de Boskoop (one of the best and most unique apples I’ve eaten)
Black Twig
Hidden Rose
Northern Spy
Stayman Winesap
Swiss Gourmet
Asian and Bosc Pears

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