A tale of two delicious apples

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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

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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 …

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

Mid-season pleasures: Empire and Spencer

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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 …

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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 …

New England Apples From The USA

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THE AMAZING APPLE has traveled back and forth across America since its arrival in New England in 1623, and nearly half of the United States …

Admiring the Empire; apple dings and dents

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APPLE GROWERS spend their year trying to grow perfect fruit, and they succeed a remarkable amount of the time. The well-shaped, brilliantly colored, smooth-skinned apple …

Of Jonathan apples and juniper

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WITH THIS FALL’S EARLY HARVEST, mid-season apples like Empire and Jonathan are already available at farm stands and stores. There will be plenty of apples …