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

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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 …

A bin of Cortlands from Boothby's Orchard and Farm

The classic all-purpose Cortland

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THERE MAY NOT BE a better all-purpose apple than Cortland. It has long been known for its excellence in pies. It is recommended for salads, …

You say ‘gal-la, I say ‘gay-la’

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NO MATTER how you pronounce it, Gala is among the very best sweet apples. It has more character and nuance than most sweet varieties, with …

Six outstanding early apples, and an outstanding 2015 forecast

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EARLY SEASON APPLES have come a long way in the past 50 years. Today, there are a number of excellent choices to satisfy people’s palettes …

The cult of Gravenstein

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MANY HEIRLOOM APPLES have one or more flaws that keep them from mass cultivation. It may be that the variety is biennial, producing crops every …

Fall Foliage In New England Orchards

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THE ORCHARD is a beautiful place in all seasons. October is an especially good time to visit — there are late-season apples on the trees …

Trans-Atlantic Flair: European Apples In New England

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EUROPEAN COUNTRIES have produced only a few new apples in recent years. But several venerable heirlooms still grown in New England originated in France, Germany, …

Classic cookers: Northern Spy, Baldwin, Rhode Island Greening apples

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A CENTURY AGO they were the three most popular varieties in the Northeast. Today, Baldwin, Rhode Island Greening, and Northern Spy apples are hard-to-find heirlooms. …