A corporate giant slams New England apple growers

Russell Powell New England apple varieties Leave a Comment

JONAGOLD is one of the finest apples grown in New England. In taste tests, consumers rate it highly — as high as Honeycrisp in some cases. …

A Corail is a Pinova, an apple crostata is like a galette

Russell Powell New England apple varieties, Recipes 2 Comments

APPLE VARIETIES have a long tradition of having multiple names. Before it became Baldwin, the apple was known as Woodpecker, Butters, and Ball; Roxbury Russet …

A tale of two delicious apples

Russell Powell New England apple varieties Leave a Comment

THEY ARE BOTH mostly sweet, conical in shape, late-season apples. Their names are identical except for their predominant coloring. They began as chance seedlings, and …

Try Empires in Apple-Pear Cobbler with Cheddar

Russell Powell New England apple varieties, Recipes Leave a Comment

WITH THE ARRIVAL of classic mid- to late-season apples like Cortland, Macoun, and McIntosh, and newcomers like Gala, Honeycrisp, and Mutsu, Empire can sometimes get …

Mutsu and Stayman among the year’s best late-season apples

Russell Powell New England apple varieties Leave a Comment

SOME OF THE BEST New England apples from the 2015 fresh harvest are still available in stores. Cortlands and McIntosh are remarkably crisp and flavorful …

Suncrisp apples, Tougas Family Farm, Northborough, Massachusetts (Russell Steven Powell photo)

Good now, better later: Idared and Suncrisp

Russell Powell New England apple varieties, Recipes Leave a Comment

SOME APPLES, like fine wines, improve with age. Two relatively new varieties, Suncrisp and Idared — are examples. Their flavor is good when first picked, …

Geri Griswold's pie made with Honeycrisp apples was a sweet hit. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

Apple pie time

Russell Powell Recipes Leave a Comment

GET READY to reset your inner clocks this weekend, and turn up your ovens. With the holidays less than a month away, we are transitioning …

Empire apples on the tree at Ragged Hill Orchard, West Brookfield, Massachusetts. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

Mid-season pleasures: Empire and Spencer

Russell Powell New England apple varieties Leave a Comment

IT TAKES YEARS, sometimes decades, between the time an apple variety is discovered and it becomes available to the public. Two mid-season varieties, Empire and …