A p p l e L o r e
At the center, a dark star
wrapped in white.
When you bite, listen
for the crunch of boots on snow,
snow that has ripened. Over it
stretches the red, starry sky.
Apple Varieties of the World
Abas, akaro, Alexander, Antonovka, Ambri, Baldwin, Ballarat, Ben Davis, Black
Gilliflower, Bledisloe Cox,Blue Pearmain, Boiken, Boskoop, Bottle Greening,
Bramley’s Seedling, Buckingham, Calville Blanche, Cordlandt, Cox’s Orange,
Croften, Danziger Kantapfel, Decio, Delicious, Democrat, Dillingham Beauty,
Dougherty, Drap d’Or, Duchess of Oldenburg, Early Shanbury, Edelboredorfen,
Fallawater, Snow, Fenouillet Gris, Fenouillet Rouse, Fuji, Genniton, Geeveston
Fanny, Giant Geniton, Golden Delicious, Golden Reinette, Goldparmain, Granny
Smith, Gravenstein, Grimes Golden, Grusnovska Moskowskaya, Haralston, Hawkeye,
Hook, Hubbardston, Idagold, Igrid Marie, James Grieve, Johnagold, Jonamac,
Jonathon, Jupp’s Russet, Kapai Red, King, King Cole, King of the Pippins,
Kittageskee, Kokko, Lady,Laxton’s Suprub, Legana, Lobo, Macfree, Macoun,
Margaret, McIntosh, Mutsu, Newtown Pippin, Nonpareil,Northern Spy, Northwest
Greening, Nova Easygro, Ohrei, Pippin, Pound Sweet, Prima, Priscilla,
Quinte,Ralls Jenet, Reinette de champagne, Reinette de Mans, Reinette de
Franche, Reinette de Gris, ReinetteSimirenko, Red Astrachan, Red Thorle, Rhode
Isalnd Greening, Rokewood, Rome Beauty, Russet,Savstaholm, Sheep’s Nose, Shinko,
Sir Prize, Smokehouse, Spartan, Spigold, Spitzenburg, Splendour,Strakcrimson,
Stark’s Delicious, Stark’s Earliest, Sturmer Pippin, Summer Pearmain, Swaar,
Sweet Bough,Talman Sweet, Tasman Pride, Telstar, Tetopsky, Tropical Beauty,
tydeman’s Early Worcester, Wagener,Wealthy, White Transparent, Widdup, Willy
Sharp, Winesap, Winter Banana, Winter Pearmain, WorcesterPearmain, Yellow
Bellflower, Yellow newtown, Yellow Transparent, York Imperial
A tough apple skin means a hard winter.
There was an old woman lived under a hill,
and if she isn’t gone she lives there still.
Baked apples she sold, and cranberry pies,
and she’s the old woman who never told lies.
UNITED STATES, TRADITIONAL
Stick an apple seed to each of your eyelids, naming one “home” and the other
“travel.” If travel stays stuck longest, you’ll take a major trip before the
end of the year…if home stays on longest, you’ll remain a homebody.
KEYS TO THE PERFECT APPLE PIE
Recipe isn’t as important as following these simple directions for the perfect
Use chilled shortening in the crust, and always include just a bit of butter,
for good flavor.
For a flaky and light crust, combine dough ingredients until just blended, and
chill the dough if still quite soft. Awful crust (tough and salty) is caused by
over-mixing, adding too much salt and by using too much flour too often while
While cutting apples, sprinkle with fresh lemon juice so they don’t brown. Lemon
juice also imparts a tangy flavor.
Cut apples into very small pieces, so you don’t get large, tough pieces in the
pie later. One can also pre-cook apples to make sure they are very soft, and so
the flavors (of apples, cinnamon and sugar) have melded well.
Always use some tangy flavored apples in the pie (such as Granny Smith) so the
pie doesn’t taste boringly sweet.
Here’s to thee, old apple tree! Stand fast root, bear well top. Pray Goddess
send a yearly crop! Whence thou may’st bud and whence thou may’st blow and
whence thou may’st bear apples enough…hats full and caps full, bushels full
and sacks full, our pockets full too. Apples and pears, with right good corn,
come in plenty to everyone! Eat and drink food cake and hot ale, give Earth to
drink, and she’ll not fail.