Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Alexanders are ripening - way earlier than they should?

There are 11 different heritage apple trees planted in the orchard. Most have been in action for about three years, but this is the first season we've had a crop to harvest.

Alexander (from Woodbridge Fruit Trees)
A large apple that appeared in Ukraine in the 1700's and quickly spread through Europe, valued because of its hardiness and heavy regular bearing. Alexander (or Emperor Alexander) is brilliant orange/red on the sunny side and eats and cooks well for about the month of March.

I didn't get a chance to weigh these lovely large beauties - the cook doesn't understand scientific observation and they ended up in the red cabbage/apple/currant pot. Equally unfortunately I don't know what they taste like fresh! But that will be remedied as there are many more to collect.

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