I like the saying that one thing is “As American as apple pie.” I like apple pie and would have some for breakfast each day if I may. However oddly sufficient, apples should not native to america. They got here from Kazakhstan, in central Asia east of the Caspian Sea. In keeping with a Google search, the capital of Kazakhstan, Alma Ata, means “stuffed with apples” and by 1500 BC, apple seeds had been carried all through Europe — and finally right here. Apple breeders have been deciding on and propagating apples ever since.
I not too long ago obtained a overview copy of a fantastic e-book about apples, “Hardy Apples: Rising Apples in Chilly Climates” by Bob Osborne, with plenty of fabulous pictures by Beth Powning and printed by Firefly Books (hardback, $35). It covers not solely the way to develop apples, but additionally has 140 pages of pictures and descriptions of the very best apples we are able to develop.