an apple a day

It’s been a very good year for apples here….

(is that a mosquito? it’s been unseasonably warm.)

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45 thoughts on “an apple a day

  1. That looks good enough to eat ;). It it weren’t for the fact that having one for breakfast would make my teeth horribly sensitive for the rest of the day, I ‘d have one right now.

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    • Possibly with these apples because they aren’t quite as crispy as I like, but my old Gravensteins would be wasted on cider… more concentrated sugar, missing the fiber and frankly, the taste, too….. (just IMHO). ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Our weather is completely confused. These last days we’ve been having the summer that we missed a few months ago. One of the stranger observations was the mere two degrees of variation in temperature between night and day. For several days it sat on or near 60 24/7…. today we’re looking to get up in the high 70s. It doesn’t seem like November at all. I suspect the ‘squitos will be hanging around much longer than usual.

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    • There’s nothing quite like a good eating apple picked fresh off the tree. My problem is that once you’ve had the best, it’s so hard to go back to the stuff sold in the supermarkets. But I do love a good apple.

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    • A friend let me pick some of her apples since I no longer have my wonderful apple trees (having moved to a much smaller place). I couldn’t help but “pick” these with the camera, too. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to deliver them through the internet? ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • Thanks so much Gunta! Knowing how much we love OR, this is a real treat. I was aware of a few of these: Portland nicknamed City of Roses, Heceta Head Lighthouse one of the most photographed lighthouse in the US (was being renovated when we were there so was shrouded) :(, Crater Lake deepest lake in the US, and no self-serve gas stations. This one took a little getting used to but we loved it. Great article. ๐Ÿ™‚

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            • I just somehow felt you might enjoy it when I stumbled on it. There is a downside to the no self-serve gas, though. When I first set out on my cross-country trip last year, it took awhile to remember how to go about pumping my own. I LOVE not getting gas on my hands, or not having to get out in the rain (not that we get much rain here…. teehee ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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  2. Very nice, Gunta…and yes, I believe the critter might be a mosquito…. I didn’t know they enjoyed apple juice, though.

    We had hundreds and hundreds of apples last year on our two trees…and maybe two dozen this year…or three…but nothing compared to the previous season…figured it’s a weather thing, as well….

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    • So you know there’s nothing quite as good as a fresh-picked apple (as long as it’s a good eating apple)? It seems that so much depends on the weather in the springtime for apple production…. not counting the year when a son-in-law gave our trees a far too extreme haircut. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. Our large apple orchard near here says it is an average year, although it looked like his trees were loaded! He lost his peach crop completely thought, because there was a late frost that nipped all the blossoms.

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    • Back at the old house, we’ve had years when there were so many, huge apples that the weight was breaking branches. So much seems to depend on the weather in the spring. We’ve gone from bumper crops to very few apples and everywhere in between.

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  4. Reminds me of a day I accompanied as per usual the International Women’s Club hiking group. One of the members is a retired doctor and she commented on the apple I was munching and I responded by saying an apple a day keeps the doctor at bay ๐Ÿ™‚ She enjoyed my response.

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    • It’s a Spitzenberg. This one was from a neighbor’s yard. It’s not quite my favorite apple because its texture is a teeny bit on the mushy side, but it still tastes pretty good. I had two old Gravenstein trees at my old house that were my all-time favorites and another one that ripened later in the fall. I think it may have been a Yellow Delicious, but I’m not entirely sure of that. Both were my favorites in taste and crunch.

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    • PS… I don’t often buy apples at the store, but I’ll have to look around to see if we have Honey Crisps. Someone went crazy in our area planting apple trees everywhere, so it’s an item that everyone seems to be giving away.

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    • Thank you, Chilly. Funny how different years can produce such different crops. This has been one of our best for apples, but not as good for plums. Previous years have been a bit skimpy with apples. I suspect much has to do with the crazy weather.

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      • We seem to have done badly for all fruit. So little sunshine this year. As you say, much has to do with the crazy weather. It’s lovely here today though, I should be taking pictures but I’m not so good at the moment. Hopefully I’ll get out this week, just take each day as it comes. ๐Ÿ™‚

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