Table of Contents
A Beginner’s Guide to Apples
Time to plant
Choosing the Right Tree
Feeding Your Trees
Pruning an Apple Tree
Root Pruning and Ringing
Popular Varieties of Apples
Preserving and Storing Apples
Pests and Diseases
Apples in Cuisine
Traditional Apple Cake
Traditional Dutch Schnitz Un Knepp – Apples and Buttons
These are made by sifting together the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.
How to Make Traditional Apple Butter
For all of those who have grown up on the aphorism of an apple a day keeps the doctor away, they are not going to find it surprising that since ancient times, Apples have been considered to be The Fruit of the Gods. Norse gods were given a daily diet of apples in order to help them keep their youth and beauty by the goddess Edda.
It was one of the tasks of Hercules in Greek mythology to obtain the Golden Apples of Life in the Garden of Hesperides. In the same way Paris was asked to judge between 3 goddesses, Aphrodite, Athena and Hera on the general theme of who is the fairest of them all. Aphrodite bribed him with Helen – the most beautiful woman in the world – and he awarded her the Golden Apple of beauty. And so, fate brought about the 10 year Trojan war with the gods and goddesses taking sides in the activities of men.
Wild apples are supposed to have originated in Asia, – especially in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan area – where you can still find them growing wild today. The domestic variety was then taken from Central Asia by nomads to other parts of Europe, Asia and grown in gardens and orchards. European colonists took the apple from Europe to America in the 15th century. But before that these apples were a major part of ancient Greek, Norse and Scandinavian history.
For millenniums people in Europe and Asia survived harsh winters by subsisting on apples that they had picked in autumn. Even now, in many parts of the world, these apples preserved just above freezing level are a major part of the winter nutritious daily diet.
Crab apples are native North American apples, also called Common Apples. Apple growing is a multibillion dollar industry today in many parts of the USA, thanks to Rev. William Blaxton who planted the first apple orchard in Boston somewhere around 1625. Colonial farms at that time got their seeds from traders from Europe.
So, this book introduces you to growing one of the most popular and well-known of fruits, which has been grown all over the world longer than any other fruit.