Apples of North America

Apples of North America

192 Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers, and Cooks

Book - 2013
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The apple is one of the most iconic fruits, traditionally picked on cool fall days and used in pies, crisps, and ciders. And there is a vast world of varieties that goes beyond the common grocery store offerings of Red Delicious and Granny Smith. With names like American Beauty, Carter's Blue, and Fallawater, and flavors ranging from sweet to tart, this treasure trove of unique apples is ripe for discovery.

There is no better guide through this tasty world than Tom Burford, whose family has grown apples in the Blue Ridge Mountains since 1715. The book is brimming with beautiful portraits of heirloom and modern apples of merit, each accompanied by distinguishing characteristics and common uses. As the view broadens to the orchard, you will find information on planting, pruning, grafting, and more. The exploration of the apple culminates with an overview of the fruit's transformative capabilities when pressed, fermented, cooked, or dried. Beyond the polished and predictable grocery store display of Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples, a feast of beautiful and uniquely flavored North American varieties awaits the curious.

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781604692495
Branch Call Number: 634.11 BURFORD
Characteristics: 300 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm


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Apr 05, 2018

A lovely book, both for its engaging descriptions of apples and its technical expertise. The author, from Virginia's fertile Blue Ridge Mts, was born in 1935 and is a treasure trove of history--his love for our national fruit icon shines through the words. You'll learn which apples are best for eating, baking, drying, cider, animal feed, storage, and even oxidation rates (for a clean look in salads). There's also interesting snippets of how apple lovers rescued several varieties from the brink of extinction, including the last scions of Cannon Pearmain from Thomas Jefferson's summer home, or Granite Beauty from New Hampshire. Tom emphasizes the importance of regional knowledge and climates, and warns of climate change impacts. For example, the very popular Honeycrisp is best grown in its original cool weather state of Minnesota; grown elsewhere, it's not as tasty. He wraps up with designing an orchard, tree management, propagation, apple products, and the surprisingly negative effect of Red Delicious on cider popularity. Page 278 lists the varieties in easy-scan categories.

May 08, 2016

Apples of North America --- by --- Tom Burford.
What delightful book. Colour illustration of almost two hundred varieties of apple (colour photographs; information about the apple’s history; description of the variety; characteristics of the tree; disease resistance; ripening season; uses and storage quality). And then there’s what you might not have expected in a “coffee table” kind of book like this. Then there’s an almost one hundred page long “orchard primer”: to select, site and plant the trees; how to prune the trees; how to graft your own trees. Maybe not the definitive volume on each of these topics but certainly, at the very least, a good introduction.


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