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16 October 2007 @ 04:07 pm
Apples and Cultivars  
The more I read about commercial fruit cultivars, the more fascinating it is to me. It seems like it would be a really cool job. I was reading about the plight of the cavendish banana the other day, and it was just amazing :O And today, I bought two honeycrisp apples. I'd never had them before, but they were FREAKIN HUGE, and I was curious, so I picked two up. I ate one for lunch. I ate 1 apple for lunch and I am rolling around full. Holy crap XD It was a really good apple. I decided to read about it on wikipedia, and they talked about the history of the cultivar, and it was just amazingly fascinating. I could totally picture myself working at a university doing that sort of thing. You genetically match up these apples.. cross breed them.. take care of them for decades, and if they pass review.. you could see them at the grocery store. I dunno. It just seems really cool to me. I should read up about grapes tomorrow. I wonder why you can buy a bag of seedless red grapes at the grocery store, and sometimes you get two entirely different types of grapes, but they still taste the same. Sometimes they're round and firm and crisp, and sometimes they're really long. I dunno. Seems pretty cool.
I would be like.. a farmer in overalls and shit spending all day walking up and down rows of apples that don't even have names, just numbers.. spraying shit on them and taking care of them. FARMER BECKY. lawl Oh noes! The fungus ate the orchard! oh crap!

I bet there's some kid out there who has a mom or dad that works on apple cultivars for a university. And they get to eat all sorts of apples that no one else in the world will ever get to eat. Ones that taste amaazing but don't keep well.. ones that are super super tart.. ones that are crappy. haha. It'd be like christmas every time a new basket of apples would come home. :O
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yurikago: applesyurikago on October 17th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
have you ever read the botany of desire by michale polan? or pollan, i cant remember... anyway, you will love it!! read it!! XD
yurikago: applesyurikago on October 17th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
uh, i meant to write michael, too ^^;
HIDE your facekyonomiko on October 17th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
Never heard of it, but I will look it up and check it out the next time I go out :D
(Anonymous) on October 17th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
Honey Crisp
Honey Crisp are delicious. The orchards up here sold out in about 2 weeks or less. We did find some Michigan ones at our Pick and Save. Grandpa and I have a few weeks to get them and pay more for them. They are worth it. You can start an orchard just for us. LOL
HIDE your facekyonomiko on October 17th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Honey Crisp
There's a huge pile of them at our HEB. They're 2.99 a lb, and the apples are huge, so it was almost 5 bucks just for two. I'm guessing most people down here in Texas arn't used to them. I was reading somewhere that the Minnesota apple harvest is in the last week of Sept, so maybe these came from there.
Dunno if apple trees will grow down here, though :P