We’ve been gone so long – like a cider Rip Van Winkle. We are back. We are in the Pacific Northwest. Cascadia based (Seattle adjacent) and we are looking to find out – What’s been going on. Cider is everywhere. Time to explore*. Hello Cider!
(*and do some site housekeeping to fix broken links and content)
“The hero of this book is the wild apple. Uncultivated follows Brennan’s twenty-four-year history with naturalized trees and shows how they have guided him toward successes in agriculture, in the art of cider making, and in creating a small-farm business. The book contains useful information relevant to those particular fields, but is designed to connect the wild to a far greater audience, skillfully blending cultural criticism with a food activist’s agenda.”
Here are links to some additional information about Andy, Aaron Burr Cider, wild apples and real ciders:
“Thanksgiving was celebrated with the greatest profusion. For three days previous all was bustle and preparation: the stalled ox was killed, – turkeys, hens, and geese innumerable shared the fate of Charles the first, – a load of the best walnut wood was drawn for the thanksgiving fires, a barrel of the best cider was chosen, the best pumpkins were selected for pies, (to supply the place of minced,)* and strong water was provided in moderation to assist the inspiration of the joyful occasion.”
* “It has been said that minced pies were proscribed from the bill of fare of the Puritans because they were customarily made by the Episcopalians on Christmas.”
From: History of the colony of New Haven:before and after the union with Connecticut. Containing a particular description of the towns which composed that government, viz., New Haven, Milford, Guilford, Branford, Stamford, & Southold, L. I., with a notice of the towns which have been set off from “the original six.”
A committee composed of members of the Herefordshire Fruit-Growers’ Association and of the Fruit and Chrysanthemum Society was appointed in 1899 to make a selection of vintage apples and pears best suited to Herefordshire and the districts adjoining.
The following is the list drawn up by the committee:
Kingston Black or Black Taunton
White Bache or Norman
These last five being “French sorts” introduced from Normandy about 1880, and now established in the orchards of Herefordshire.
Adapted from an online version of the1911 Encyclopedia Britannica – Article: CIDER, or CYDER (from the Fr. cidre, derived from the Lat. sicera or cisera, Gr. mucepa, Heb. shade, strong drink)
Truly an essential resource for anyone interested in learning more about America’s national fruit.
It’s handy to have handy – as a quick reference when we encounter new and unknown apples, when eating in-hand or while cider sampling. What is this apples history, how was it named, where is it from, can I bake with it, what is it’s flavor profile? So many questions, and Mr. Burford has the answer to 192 varieties.
Just flip through the pages to learn about the vast diversity of apples still available, if we only seek them out.