Adam's Apples is not about recipes, autumn crafts or the health benefits of eating apples. It is totally focused on the growing of apple trees and reviewing apple fruit varieties. It really caught my fancy.
First, there is the fact that his name is Adam (that made me smile).
Second, I grew up in an apple orchard and have such nostalgia for the beautiful clouds of May blooms, the twisty scrabbled trunks, the heavy fruit dropping into messy piles in the lawn (okay that part was annoying, as it was my job to rake them up) . The farmer sold off the property after World War II and a builder put up houses among the gnarled old trees and that's where I grew up, living in an orchard.
|1956 - that's me in front of the apple trees in our yard|
|in winter the contorted branches stood against the sky|
And fourth, his blog is so focused. I love the fact that it is all about apples. Just apples. The genus malus. There are clear pictures of each kind, and a quirky catalog. His enthusiasm for this remarkable, productive fruit is infectious.
I don't grow apples in my garden, and I can't even grow ornamental crabapples since our area is prone to cedar apple rust from nearby junipers. While rust can be controlled somewhat and probably won't kill the trees, I just don't want the maintenance and the defoliation problems in my small garden.
|from Adam's blog, check it out|
But oh, how I miss the apple trees I grew up with. And how I am longing for a tart, crisp, juicy eating apple right now.
I will have to go cruise Adam's catalog of opinionated reviews to find one that would be just right.
By the way, if you really want to appreciate the remarkable attributes of the humble apple, read Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan. He profiles the evolution of four plants that humans have domesticated, one of which is the apple. It's an amazing story.